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Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme

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The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme currently runs in part of Newport, to help improve standards of accommodation, and social and economic conditions. The scheme is due to restart in North Ormesby ward in June 2021.

Selective licensing is a scheme which aims to improve the standards of property management in the private rental sector.

Under the Housing Act 2004, Part 3 (Selective Licensing of other Residential Accommodation), all private landlords operating within the designated area are required to obtain a license from the council for each property which is rented out. The conditions of the license ensure that the property is managed effectively, and license holders will have to demonstrate their compliance.

When applying, proposed license holders and managers will be required to prove that they are 'fit and proper persons' to hold a license, and that they have satisfactory management arrangements in place, including for dealing with anti-social behaviour.

When deciding whether a landlord and/or managing agent is 'fit and proper' the council will look at whether they have ever:

  • discriminated illegally against anyone
  • breached laws relating to renting property
  • committed any serious criminal offences (fraud, violence, drugs, or sexual offences)

A license is valid for a maximum of 5 years. Failing to apply for a license could lead to prosecution and an unlimited fine. If prosecuted, this would lead to the license holder no longer being classed as 'fit and proper'.


Newport Selective Landlord Licensing area designation public notice (PDF) and Newport sealed order (PDF) - March 2019

If you're struggling to view the documents, you can see the designation at Newport Settlement Hub, St Paul's Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5NQ.

North Ormesby Selective Landlord Licensing area designation public notice (PDF) and North Ormesby sealed order (PDF) - March 2021

If you're struggling to view the documents, you can see the designation at North Ormesby Hub, Derwent Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6JB.

The Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme currently runs in part of Newport ward, to help improve social and economic conditions. The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme will restart in North Ormesby in June 2021. Evidence shows that significant and persistent anti-social behaviour and low housing demand are linked to the private rental sector in North Ormesby and Newport.

View a map of the area covered by the planned North Ormesby scheme (PDF).

View a map of the area covered by the Newport scheme (PDF).


North Ormesby

Albany Street

Aske Road

Athol Street

Bow Street

Cadogan Street

Clifton Street

Cobham Street

Colville Street

Craven Street

Diamond Road

Enfield Street

Falkland Street

Faraday Street

Finsbury Street

Garnet Street

Glebe Road

Gresham Road

Harewood Street

Howe Street

Linthorpe Road

Lonsdale Street

Lovaine Street

Outram Street

Palmer Street

Parliament Road

Peel Street

Pelham Street

Percy Street

Portman Street

Princes Road

Romney Street

Ross Street

Selbourne Street

St Aidans Street

Stowe Street

Tennyson Street

Union Street

Wentworth Street

Wylam Street

Allinson Street

Alphonsus Street

Basil Street

Beaumont Road

Benedict Street

Bristow Street

Cadogan Street

Calvert Close

Church Walk

Coltman Street

Constance Street

Conyers Way

Coronation Street

Deacon Street

De Brus Court

Derwent Street

Dorothy Street

Edward Street

Elizabeth Terrace

Esk Street

Forum Court

Frederick Street

Grove Road

Hankin Road

Harrison Street

Henry Street

Herbert Street

Hovingham Street

James Street

Jefferson Street

Jubilee Street

Kildale Court

Kindersley Street

Kings Road

Kreuger Alley

Livingstone Road

Longlands Road

Macbean Street

Magdalen Street

Maltby Street

Margaret Street

Maria Street

Market Place

Market Walk

McCreton Street

Millfield Road

Moses Street

Mosman Terrace

Norcliffe Street

Oakfield Road

Orme Court

Peaton Street

Pilkington Street

Ryedale Street

Sadberge Street

Saxon Close

Sharrock Close

South View Terrace

Stainton Street

Thomas Street

Thornton Street

Trinity Mews

Tunstall Street

Veronica Street

Wake Street

Warton Street

West Terrace

Westbourne Grove

White Street

Anyone who manages or controls residential property in the designated area of North Ormesby or the designated area of Newport, which is rented out privately, needs a license.

Temporary exemption from licensing requirement

This section applies where a person having control of or managing a Part 3 house which is required to be licensed under this Part (see section 85(1)) but is not so licensed, notifies the local housing authority of his intention to take particular steps with a view to securing that the house is no longer required to be licensed.

To apply for a temporary exemption notice (TEN), please complete the TEN application form (DOC).

Properties exempt from requiring a licence are those that are:

  1. Subject to a Prohibition Order, under Section 20 of the Housing Act 2004, that has not been suspended
  2. Business premises
  3. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) that require a statutory HMO licence
  4. Tenancies for agricultural land/holdings
  5. Controlled by a local housing authority, police authority, fire and rescue authority, or a health service body
  6. Occupied solely by students undertaking a full-time course of further or higher education, and where the person managing or in control of it is the educational establishment
  7. Tenancies granted for more than 21 years and the agreement does not allow the landlord to end the tenancy earlier than the term of the lease (the property must be occupied by the original person who was granted the tenancy or members of their family)
  8. The tenant is a member of the landlord's family. (The house must be the occupier's main residence. The person granting the occupancy must be the freeholder or leaseholder, which is for a period of more than 21 years. This lease must not contain a provision allowing the landlord to end the tenancy earlier than the term of the lease).
  9. Tenancies or licences granted for the occupancy of a holiday home
  10. Accommodation that the occupier shares with the landlord or licensor, or a member of the landlord or licensor's family

Read more about Selective Licensing exemption regulations.

License applications can be made online. Complete the online Selective Landlord Licensing application.

Please note, there is a fee to pay for each rented property. For Newport the fee is £730.

Licenses are non-transferable, and fees paid are non-refundable.

Applicants should read the guide to making a license application (PDF) before completing their form.

If a license holder needs to alter the terms of their license, for example there is a change of manager or occupancy levels, they can apply for a variation to the license. Please submit your request, with reasons, to Variation applications are free.

By law Middlesbrough Council has to keep a register of:

  • licensed properties
  • temporary exemption notices issued (relating to property licensing)
  • management orders

Licences and exemptions issued

View the latest licences and temporary exemptions issued.

The scheme has a number of benefits to the community, landlords, tenants, and owners, including:

  • improving the management and condition of privately rented accommodation
  • support for landlords dealing with anti-social tenants
  • reduced levels of anti-social behaviour
  • educating tenants about their responsibilities and the impact of their behaviour on their community and neighbours
  • encouraging tenants to recognise when properties are of a sub-standard condition and what options are available to them
  • improving the image and desirability of the area
  • protecting investment in the area
  • encouraging landlords not to take tenants with a poor reference
  • free Tenancy Referencing Service
  • free advertising of empty properties
  • landlord and tenant support from the Tenancy Relations Officer

During coronavirus restrictions, the council will be completing external inspections to properties.

The council will inspect all privately rented properties within the designated area. The inspection programme will check for compliance with Selective Licensing conditions.

Both inspections and follow-up actions will be led by a multi-agency team which may include Environmental Health Officers, Selective Licensing Officers, Neighbourhood Safety Officers, Tenancy Relations Officer, and members of the fire service and police.

This approach ensures that as well as checking compliance with the license conditions, landlords and tenants are helped and supported with any issues they're facing. These may include unemployment; anti-social behaviour; lack of independent living skills; tenancy management; health issues; lack of parenting skills, or substance misuse. The team will make referrals to relevant agencies and follow up any actions to ensure as much support as possible is given to the tenant and landlord.

View tips on preparing your property for inspection (PDF)

SLL application

Alongside your SLL application, you'll need to provide the following documents for each property you're renting out:

  • Electrical appliance and furniture safety declaration
  • 'How to Rent' guide which will be issued to tenant(s)
  • Valid gas safety certificate
  • Valid tenancy agreement
  • Anti-social behaviour plan

You'll also need to provide photographic proof of ID when you apply.

Anti-social behaviour

EPC certificate

As a landlord, you should have an up to date EPC certificate of Grade E or above. This is not enforced by the Selective Licensing team, but would be checked and passed to the Public Protection team to enforce. Read more about the minimum energy efficiency standard for domestic private rented properties.

Electrical safety

You can find information about electrical safety standards in the private rented sector on GOV.UK. This is enforced by the Public Protection team, not the Selective Licensing team.

Landlord professional associations


Support for tenants and families

Tenancy Referencing Service

Find out more about the Tenancy Referencing Service.

The policies and procedures that will be applied for the purpose of operating the scheme have been set out in the Selective Landlord Licensing policy and procedure document (PDF).

For more information about the Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme, please contact:

Selective Licensing
Phone: 01642 728100
Selective Landlord Licensing, Public Protection Service, PO Box Civic Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FZ