Private sector housing licensing
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application and compliance period for the licensing scheme has been extended by 3 months to 6 July 2020. The online application portal will remain open should landlords still wish to submit an application before this date.
No enforcement action will be considered for non-compliance between 6 April and 6 July 2020. This date will be under continuous review as the COVID-19 pandemic develops.
Property Licensing in Newcastle
We have 3 type of property licensing in Newcastle
New licensing schemes commence 6 April 2020
Between 5 November 2018 and 27 January 2019 we carried out a 12 week consultation on a proposed licensing scheme for private rented properties. The proposal included a mixture of Additional HMO and Selective Licensing designations covering approximately 68% (18,000) of private rented properties in the city. This consultation has now closed but more information can be found here.
Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce new Selective and Additional Licensing designations. The new scheme will commence on Monday 6th April 2020. Landlords will have until 6th July 2020 to comply with the scheme. Please see the FAQ document for more information if you are struggling to comply as a result of coronavirus.
Following feedback from landlords and partners the guidance document and website is regularly reviewed. Please ensure you regularly check back to ensure you have the most up to date information (last updated 6th March 2020).
Making an application for a licence
Applications for a licence can now be made. All applications for a new licence must be made online and paid in two parts as part of the application process. You will need to set up an account to complete a property licence application and to track the status of your application.
What do I need to apply?
- room sizes and property facilities
- details of property structure and safety equipment
- names and addresses of persons and organisations with an interest in the property
- payment card details
- certificates e.g. gas safety, electrical, EPC etc.
Please see the FAQ document below if you are struggling to comply with these requirements as a result of Coronavirus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please follow this link to access a list of Frequently Asked Questions. This includes information on how Coronavirus may impact the delivery and compliance of Selective and HMO licensing. Please email Propertylicensing@newcastle.gov.uk if you have any questions which have not been answered.
This FAQ document will be updated on a regular basis
Training for licence holders
The Private Rented Service is offering FREE training in preparation for the new Property Licensing Scheme. New dates will be announced on this page shortly, but to sign up to receive notifications about training events and other landlord news you can subscribe to our monthly e bulletin at email@example.com
Licence holders are expected to improve and maintain their knowledge and competency by undertaking training and development in housing related matters. It is also a licence condition that licence holders complete at least five hours housing related training each year. This may include attendance on training courses relating to housing either locally or nationally, completing a recognised online training course or attending a relevant private landlord meeting or event. Evidence to support this must be produced to the licensing team upon request. The Private Rented Service offer training that will help with this requirement.
Landlord tool kit
When applying for a licence a landlord is asked to provide a management statement and evidence what management practices they have in place to prevent, and where necessary manage, problems that might arise during a tenancy. The Private Rented Service have developed a landlord tool kit which includes guidance on writing your management statement and document templates including tenancy agreements, reference applications, rent schedules, letter templates and more. You can view and download these documents online from our Landlord Toolkit or if you would like templates sent to you please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All properties which currently have an HMO or Selective Licence can be viewed on our public register. We are currently moving to a new system please also visit this public register to view new licence applications.