Ban extended on agent's boards for another decade
Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council have extended the ban on all letting agents and estate agents to erect boards on streets to advertise properties for sale or to let. The ban has already been in place for ten years and it will stay that way for another ten after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government approved the council’s application. This will make the ban the longest approved in the history of the United Kingdom.
The reason why the ban was enforced a decade ago was due to agents competing with each another to see who could put up as many signs as possible in the area which caused an unsightly clutter on the London streets. After the council had a discussion with the local residents about the problem, 98% agreed that the issue had to be addressed before it got any worse and so the application went ahead and was approved by the government.
The ban was implemented for the second 10 year phase on the 16th April 2012 and in 2011, Hammersmith and Fulham Council prosecuted 19 agents with fines in the region of £100 to £3,500. The council have had a 100% success rate which is a record in the United Kingdom and another 15 cases are waiting to go to court.
Councillor Nick Botterill, spoke to Estate Agent Today and said, ‘This extension to our popular estate agent board ban means that the large number of tatty signs, that used to blight some of our nicest streets and make them look cluttered and shabby, will remain a thing of the past.’
What are your thoughts on the ban? Do you think agents boards are a thing of the past due to the large number of mobile phone applications that can be used to advertise in this digital age?
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