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Central Gateshead and Swalwell licensing

 

There are two live landlord licensing schemes currently being implemented within Gateshead, Central Bensham running from 2012-2017 and parts of Swalwell from 2013-2108. These areas were designated for licensing after widespread consultation with stakeholders. The areas affected by the schemes are outlined in these maps.

Central Gateshead selective licensing area map
Swalwell selective licensing area map (from April 2013)

Find out more about why selective licensing is used and the benefits it can bring to communities.

If you are a private landlord operating in these areas an application for a landlord licence is required for each property. Failing to apply for a licence is an offence, of which an unlimited fine can be administered. 

Swalwell Licensing Scheme

The Mid Term Evaluation (753Kb) report provides an overview of the results. 

Why we consulted

We have to track the progress of our schemes by law. We consulted with residents, landlords and agents who live, own or manage property in the Swalwall licensing area. We will consult again when the scheme ends in April 2018 so we can assess the impact of the scheme on:

  • housing demand 
  • anti-social behaviour
  • identifying areas of support.

As council budgets reduce there is a need to review what we do to ensure that we can continue to deliver the scheme well. Your ideas and feedback are a crucial part of this process. 

How we consulted

The consultation period ran from 10 October -1 November 2016. The consultation went to all licence holders and was hand delivered to every residential property in the licensing area. Consultations for residents and landlords were also available on the council website. 

Summary of responses

The response rate was low with 8% of residents and 20% of licence holders responding. Most of the residents who responded were owner occupiers. Their views differed from those renting from a social or a private landlord. For residents, overall satisfaction with the area was 68%. This is split by:

  • owner occupiers 52%
  • private tenants 92%
  • private landlords 54%

Residents and landlords responded that the landlord licensing scheme had been successful in;

  • improving external property conditions
  • improving internal property conditions
  • reducing the number of empty properties

The landlord licensing scheme had been least successful in helping to solve:

  • overgrown/untidy gardens
  • reducing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
  • improving tenant behaviour

Landlords on the whole were more positive in relation to the success of the scheme than residents. 

We received a high number of comments and concerns from residents about litter, dog fouling and the condition of roads and pavements. A large amount of work has already been done such as:

  • overgrown garden campaigns,
  • landlord training in relation to responding to ASB issues,
  • closer partnership working with the police,
  • to ensure that tenant references are being requested when moving property. 

Next steps

The team will continue to use the landlord licensing scheme in this area. We will produce an action plan of work to be done. Key priorities leading up to the expiry date, April 2018, will be;

  • refuse/littering
  • overgrown/untidy gardens
  • preventing and responding to/resolving ASB issues
  • policing of licence conditions such as ASB for example vetting and ensuring that landlords manage problems. 

For further information visit Private Landlord Licensing 

Contact us

Rachel Crosby

Phone: 0191 433 2793

Email: rachelcrosby@gateshead.gov