This consultation ran from 10/05/2021 to 10/07/2021.
The results of this consultation are still pending. Please check back soon.
We are looking to welcome views from landlords and residents on the impact of the property licence schemes in Newcastle.
Consultation deadline extended to 10th July 2021.
Newcastle currently has two property licensing schemes running in the city. The Selective and Additional Licence schemes were launched in April 2020 and we are keen to hear your views on the impact the scheme have made so far.
What is Property Licensing?
The Housing Act 2004 provides councils with the power to introduce licensing of privately rented properties with the aim of improving conditions for local tenants and the surrounding community. In Newcastle we have designated an Additional Licensing Scheme and five Selective Licensing Scheme. This is in addition to the Mandatory HMO and Selective licensing scheme already in place, as introduced by Central Government.
Why did we introduce Property Licensing?
We recognise that there are many good landlords in Newcastle. However, there are also many problems associated with some privately rented properties including; anti-social behaviour (ASB), vandalism and poor-quality rented housing. Irresponsible and unscrupulous landlords can also have a detrimental effect on the city and the private rented sector.
Property Licensing will give Newcastle City Council the power to make landlords accountable for the management of their property and tenants. It will encourage absentee or unprofessional landlords to use the services of an agent, or other appropriate person, to manage their property effectively.
What do we aim to achieve with Property Licensing?
The key outcomes from licensing will be to:
Improve the quality and condition of private rented housing.
Reduce ASB and crime levels.
Protect and strengthen tenants’ rights.
Improve the health and wellbeing of tenants.
Improve the reputation of Private Rented Sector supporting the economic growth of the city.
Whether you are a landlord, resident or tenant we welcome your feedback on the impact of the selective and additional licence schemes.
To find out more about Property Licensing in Newcastle including how to find out if a property has a licence and where to get support go to our Property Licence pages.
It is important that we understand what people think has worked well following the rollout of property licensing and what hasn't worked as, we will use the feedback provided to focus our resources and plan future work.
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