Newcastle currently has two property licensing schemes running in the city. The Selective and Additional Licence schemes where 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 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:
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.
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