Under the heading - Bid to curb 'misleading' letting boards - on Tuesday 12 June 2018 in the BBC News Callum McKenzie wrote ...

A council has been granted powers to curb "intrusive and misleading" letting boards outside properties.

Leicester City Council applied to the government for a direction to effectively ban to let boards near the universities.

It means landlords will now have to apply for planning consent to put up signs advertising their properties or face a fine of up to £2,500.

Councillor Piara Singh Clair, deputy city mayor, said a voluntary code of practice had not worked and that people living near the universities were concerned about the "almost permanent proliferation" of "To Let" boards.

"Despite our best efforts, these advertising hoardings continue to create an eyesore in areas with a high concentration of rental properties," he added.

"They are intrusive and often misleading, serving as little more than advertisements for the letting agents themselves."

Some addresses in Windermere, Hazel, Clarendon Park, Greenhill, West End, Ashleigh Road and West End conservation area will be included in the ban.

Editor's Note

Thanks to a good deal of hard work on the part of Nottingham City Council councillors and officers, and practical support from our local MPs, Unipol, and residents, Nottingham was given permission to control letting boards in a specified area around the two universities which had been experiencing exactly the same problems as Leicester has now woken up to. That permission ran out last year, but has now been renewed. The thanks of the NAG and its members to everyone whose work and perseverance have meant that, by and large, Nottingham's 'forest of letting boards', which threatened to reappear at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, has not done so.