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Property Licence Impact Survey 2022

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Newcastle-wide

We are keen to understand the impact that property licencing in Newcastle has on residents, business and communities.

Property licence schemes are intended to raise standards in the private sector, making landlords more accountable, improving property management and stabilising communities. We have three types of property licensing in Newcastle.
In addition to Mandatory HMO (Houses of multiple occupation) licensing which applies to all HMOs having five or more occupants living in two or more households who share facilities, such as a kitchen of bathroom, we have both Additional and Selective licencing. (A HMO is a House in Multiple Occupancy, which means that at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household, and they share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants.)

Selective licensing 

There are seven selective licensing areas in the Newcastle area. All private rented properties within a selective licensing area require a licence unless they are otherwise exempt. Five areas were designated (began) in April 2020:
  • Cowgate
  • East End Terrace
  • West End Terraces
  • Howdene Road; part of Howlett Hall Road, Ravenburn Gardens and part of Swinley Gardens (HHRS) in Benwell
  • Scotswood Village 

Two more were redesignated in October 2021:
  • Byker Old Town 
  • Greater High Cross

Additional Licensing

All HMOs in Newcastle will require a licence. Therefore, any property which is occupied by three or more people in two or more households with shared basic amenities (facilities such as toilets, kitchens and bathrooms) will require a licence. We want to understand the impact these schemes are having on residents, businesses and communities.  

What we would like you to do

We would like to hear from anyone who lives or works in Newcastle or anyone who owns or manages a private rented property. You can take part in the survey by clicking the ‘participate’ button.

If you have any queries about the schemes or the survey, or you need this information in a different format such as large print, please contact us at: propertylicensing@newcastle.gov.uk.

Please give us your views about this by 31 May 2022. You can find the results of this consultation here on Let's talk Newcastle Online, or on our website here: Newcastle upon Tyne Selective Property Licensing
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