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Leicester City Crack Down on 'To Let' Boards

Posted by Richard Ward

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Leicester City Council are cracking down on smaller landlords who provide student accommodation by applying for powers to limit the number of "To Let" boards in areas with large amounts of rental accommodation.

Letting agents and landlords will need to win planning consent to erect the signs in student areas of Leicester from next month, whilst those managing purpose-built blocks are able to erect signage stating the property is student accommodation.

The city council has been granted powers by government to enforce stricter measures on agents wanting boards near to De Montfort University and the University of Leicester along with other defined areas of the city.

Under the rules coming into force on July 2nd, landlords and agents not complying can be fined up to £2,500 for the offence, followed by daily fines of £250 for continuing offence.

Commenting on the rules, a spokesperson for Leicester City Council said: "We know that people who live close to the universities are concerned about the almost permanent proliferation of 'To Let' boards on their streets. We have had a voluntary code of practice in place for a number of years but only a handful of landlords complied with this. Despite our best efforts these advertising hoardings continue to create an eyesore in areas with a high concentration of rental properties."

The council originally submitted the request for the Regulation 7 Direction Powers in 2017 and was granted approval by the Ministry of Housing in February this year.

The council is planning to enforce the new rules by carrying out regular surveys in the areas impacted by the change and by encouraging residents to report breaches to their Compliance and Monitoring team.