Views sought on plans to restrict ‘To Let’ boards

Published on 26 March 2015

PEOPLE are being asked to give their views on city council plans to ban the display of ‘To Let’ boards in parts of the city.

Leicester City Council is carrying out a consultation with residents and estate agents in areas around The University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

The consultation asks for views on proposals that could remove the right of estate agents to  display ‘To Let’ boards outside student rental properties in Clarendon Park, Knighton Fields, Southfields and the West End.

This would involve the city council applying to the Government for legal powers banning the display of the boards under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.

It follows the introduction of a voluntary code of practice by the city council in November 2013.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor for neighbourhoods, said: “We know from our previous consultations that residents were very concerned about ‘To Let’ boards being left up for long periods – often almost permanently – in their streets.

“People were in favour of the introduction of a code of practice but unfortunately only a few landlords have complied with this.

“We are now considering applying for powers which would remove the right of estate agents to display these boards in those areas of the city that are most affected.”

The consultation runs until Friday 24 April. For more information visit leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay