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The Big Question: Should ‘to let’ boards be banned?

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Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Camden Council is one of the latest in a long line of local authorities planning to ban all ‘to let’ boards from rented homes.

The council is following in the footsteps of those in Newcastle, Lincoln and Durham to impose the bans, which have been in place in some towns and cities, including historic areas of Brighton and Hove, for 10 years now.

Residents in some areas have complained they are an eyesore, with others saying boards being left up indeterminately – even after a property has been let.

A number of councils have now introduced fines for boards that are not removed within a fortnight of a property being let.

Mixed reception

Proposals nationwide have had a mixed reception from landlords. 

Some say to let boards are outdated anyway; ‘harking back to the days when putting a sign in a window was the only method of attracting tenants’ and say the internet has rendered them obsolete.

Others say it is just another example of ‘landlord-bashing’ and that to let signs are still an important tool when it comes to marketing a property.

What do you think?

We want to know your thoughts for a new series, ‘The Big Question’ in our new members’ magazine.

Each edition we will look at a topical issue to find out more about what you think – and what your experiences have been.

If you are interested in contributing to the feature please email sally.walmsley@rla.org.uk, respond via our social media channels @RLA_News and the RLA Facebook page  – or use the comments section below.

This will include giving a short quote sharing your opinions or experiences and a small head and shoulders photograph for use in the magazine.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

1 Comment

  • Yes it’s happened in Leicester too. The City Council – a landlord itself – seems to be intent on creating an unlevel playing field against the PRS.

    However my understanding is that the Council’s diktat against “To Let” boards can not apply to a “To Let” poster on the INSIDE of a front window i.e. so that tehnically an interested passer-by is looking INTO the property and so is seeing something (the poster) which is within the property.

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