If you are interested in renting a private property in Gateshead the Private Rented Sector Team in partnership with the Gateshead Private Landlords Association ( GPLA ) produce a document containing the details of all GPLA members’ properties that are currently available to rent. This document is updated on a daily basis and is distributed to various other offices and agencies throughout the borough on a weekly and monthly basis.
If you would like a copy of this property list please contact the Tenancy Relations Officers or call in at Development and Enterprise Reception, Gateshead Civic Centre.
In addition to the property list all properties that are registered on the Gateshead Private Rented Accreditation Scheme are advertised on the GPLA website.
What to look for when viewing a property?
There should be no signs of dampness such as wet patches on the walls, usually found low down on external walls. Black mould is usually a sign of poor heating, ventilation or insulation and is found in kitchens, bathrooms and sometimes bedrooms.
Make sure the property has a good heating system such as central heating or storage heaters.
Your landlord must get all gas appliances including central heating systems, heaters, fires, cookers and gas pipework and flues checked at least every 12 months by Gas Safe registered engineers. Ask to see the safety certificates. It is his duty to provide these.
See the Gas Safety Leaflet on the right of this page.
Other points to look out for include:
- A decent fitted kitchen
- Clean inside and outside, decoration in good condition
- Make sure all door and window locks work
- Make sure the roof is not leaking by checking the ceilings
- Run the hot water to make sure it is working properly
- Ask for the fire to be put on to check it is working correctly and ask to see the safety certificate for it
- Clean, fire resistant furnishings
- Make sure windows open and close properly - remember poorly fitted windows can be very draughty in wintertime.
- Make sure the yard or property is not full of rubbish - ask the landlord to remove any rubbish before you move into the property
- Check electric sockets and light switches
- Location - Make sure it is in the right location to suit you. For instance, if you have children, make sure there is an available school, make sure it is accessible for public transport and shops etc.
If there are any problems, remember you don't have to take the property - look at another one - there are plenty to choose from.