New licensing regulations for Newcastle landlords
If you are a landlord with rental properties anywhere in the Newcastle area (including the City Centre, Jesmond, Gosforth, Quayside), then you need to be aware of these regulations.
Newcastle City Council have imposed additional licencing requirements on all privately rented property in the Newcastle area, meaning that any property that has 3 or more occupants comprising 2 or more households will require a licence from the council. The new scheme will come into force on Monday 6th April 2020 and is a mandatory requirement from the council which can result in criminal prosecution for the landlord if a licence is not sought and granted.
If you let a property to a couple and a sharer, then this falls into the requirements (the couple would be classed as one household, and the sharer as a second household). If you have 3 or more single sharers in a property, this also falls into the requirements.
A family comprising 3 people is classed as a single household, so would not require a licence.
The requirements of the licence are set by the council and include providing safety records, copies of tenancy agreements etc. The cost of a licence is going to be £750 per property, payable directly to the council.
For further information, please click here to visit the Newcastle City Council website.