Leicester City Council has announced that some landlords and letting agents in the city will be banned from displaying to let boards from this summer.
Some addresses in the Windermere, Hazel, Clarendon Park, Greenhill, West End, Ashleigh Road and West End conservation area parts of the city will be covered by the ban, which will come into effect from 2nd July 2018 and will last for five years.
Landlords and agents in these areas will have to apply for planning consent to put signs up advertising their properties-or they could face court action and a fine of up to £2,500.
It comes as the council were successful in their application to the Government for a Regulation 7 direction, which will ban the use of ‘to let’ boards in some areas around both the University of Leicester and De Montfort University.
What is Regulation 7?
Councils can apply for powers to control the display of ‘To Let’ boards under Regulation 7 of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.
The Council say that the new measures have been introduced due to the signs creating an eyesore in areas with a high concentration of rental properties. Landlords and agents in the affected areas will be given formal notice to remove any boards.
The Council had a voluntary code of practice in place for several years, but only a few landlords complied with this. It submitted its bid for the Regulation 7 direction in October 2016, following a public consultation on the proposal.