The Government has extended powers allowing the City Council to control the use of letting boards outside residential properties in parts of Nottingham for another five years.

The council was first granted powers, known as a ‘Regulation 7 Direction’, in 2012 after complaints from local residents. The powers remove the right for people to freely put up ‘To-Let’ boards in selected areas of Nottingham and allow the council to serve notices for the removal of boards, which do not follow strict criteria or have council consent. ‘For Sale’ boards and lettings on other forms of premises, such as commercial properties, are not included.

The over-use of ‘To Let’ boards can become unattractive eyesores and give many streets a cluttered appearance creating a poor impression of the area. This is particularly an issue in neighbourhoods containing lots of private rental properties, mostly catering for the student market. Letting boards can also attract burglars, which can lead to a rise in crime and cause safety concerns.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage said “The overuse of ‘To Let’ boards can have a negative impact on the character and appearance of Nottingham’s residential areas and the subsequent safety and well-being of local residents. 

“We’re pleased that the Government has renewed our control of letting boards for a further five years. This will not only help us to create cleaner and safer neighbourhoods, which both residents and students can feel proud of, but also help rebalance our communities by making them more attractive places to live for potential family buyers and renters.

Since powers were introduced back in 2012, 561 non-compliant boards were reported to the council. After notices were served or action taken, the council had great success in removing the unauthorised boards.

Last year the City Council carried out eight successful prosecutions against companies and individuals with a history of failing to comply with the direction in previous years.

The Direction, which was granted on 10 January 2018, comes into force on 19 February 2018

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