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Newcastle City Council works with private landlords to meet housing need and to offer greater choice. By considering renting a property in the private rented sector you will be expanding the housing choices that are available to you and may be able to access suitable accommodation earlier.

Private Rented Service Newcastle is part of Newcastle City Council and they provide support and advice for private tenants and landlords to help sustain tenancies and create settled communities.

Private Rented Service Newcastle can support tenants or prospective tenants:

  • To find a home through their Home Finder Service.
  • By assisting with a deposit through their Rent Deposit Scheme.
  • Understanding your rights as a private tenant.
  • By offering free professional advice about securing a private rented property
  • Advice and support to help you manage a existing private rented tenancy.

If you would like to consider renting a property from a private landlord or need advice or support with an existing private rented landlord you can find out more information about Newcastle Private Rented Service on the contact details below.


Phone           0191 277 1438





Property Licensing in Newcastle 2024 - Selective and Additional Licensing Schemes

We are consulting on proposals for new property licensing schemes and are seeking your feedback on our proposals.

Property licensing schemes are intended to raise standards in the private sector, making landlords more accountable, improving property management and stabilising communities, tackling antisocial behaviour and poverty in communities. 


Selective Licensing 

There are seven selective licensing areas in Newcastle.

All private rented properties within a selective licensing area require a licence unless they are otherwise exempt.

Five areas commenced 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 started in October 2021:

  • Byker Old Town 
  • Greater High Cross
Additional Licensing

All HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) in Newcastle will require a licence.

This means any property which is occupied by three or more people in two or more households with shared basic amenities will require a licence.


What we would like you to do

We are consulting on proposals which could see new selective licensing schemes in Lemington, Denton Court and Columbia Grange and amended schemes in Cowgate and the West End being put in place for another five years.

The plans also include a new additional licensing scheme for smaller HMOs across the whole city.

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 below.

Information and Consultation Events

At the drop-in session, you will be able to find out more information on the proposals and have conversations with members of our team.

Jesmond Library – Monday 13th May - 4pm to 6pm

Westend Library – Wednesday 8th May - 4pm to 6pm

The Lemington Centre – Thursday 16th May 11am to 3.30pm

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:

Please give us your views about this by 29 May 2024

You can find out more about property licensing schemes here.