Local Government North East

Gateshead Propose Further Selective Licensing

India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

Gateshead Council have announced two Selective Licensing consultations, both which will close on the 11th June 2017. The first scheme is the proposed introduction of selective licensing in the The Avenues area of Shipcote, and the second is a re-designation of selective licensing in Central Bensham.

The fees being proposed for the licensing schemes are;

£550 for an Early Application Fee

£750 Standard Fee

£850 Standard Fee Plus

£1000 Late Application Fee

The local authority are also proposing a discount of £100 for accredited property, if the schemes are approved.

The Housing Act 2004 gives councils the power to introduce the licensing of private rented homes, within a designated area, where it is or is likely to become either: an area of low housing demand; and/or an area which is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour.

The aim of Selective Licensing is to improve the management of these properties to ensure they have a positive impact on the area.

Selective Licensing applies to any privately rented property that is not a licensable house in multiple occupation or subject to any statutory exemption, and is occupied under a tenancy or a licence within the designation area. A local authority can introduce selective landlord licensing into the area for up to five years. This would mean all private landlords would need a licence to continue to rent out properties. A landlord would need to apply for a licence for each house or flat they let out in the area.

To qualify for a licence, a landlord must be able to demonstrate that they are acting within the law, taking all reasonable steps to manage their properties. Attached to a licence are conditions to ensure a home is safe. A landlord must get references from tenants before allowing them to move into the property. The landlord needs to deal with tenants causing anti-social behaviour in and around their home.

The council are holding a consultation event for residents, landlords and other interested parties on the proposals:

For landlords

5 April 2017 and 3 May 2017 – 5pm and 7pm

Lamesley Room, Ground Floor, Civic Centre, NE8 1HH

For residents and other interested parties

6 April 2017 4-7pm

St Chads Community Hall, Liddell Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1YN

9 May 2017 4-7pm

Room 1, First Floor, Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road, NE8 4JA

I will be responding to the consultation and we urge our members to make official responses to the consultation or attend the events to get across their views on the schemes.

To find out more about this consultation and to make an official response with your views on the proposed schemes here.

To keep up to date with news, events, licensing, and contact details of Gateshead Council, visit their Local Authority Network page here.

About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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