COUNCIL WARNS LANDLORDS & AGENTS WHO CONTRAVENE CONTROLS ON LETTING BOARDS

In Part II of the 2010-2012 NAG magazine, a chapter entitled ‘The Letting Board Jungle’ focused on what at that time had been called ‘Nottingham’s forest of letting boards’, on the blight they inflicted on our neighbourhoods, and on what was being done to obtain the necessary government permission to so that the City Council could begin to exercise control over the proliferation of these eyesores.

Permission in the form of a ‘Regulation 7 Direction’ having been obtained, in October 2012 a protocol controlling the use of letting boards came into operation in large parts of Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Arboretum, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey wards (see the NAG NewsDesk October 2016).

Fast forward to October 2016, and the positive impact of that protocol on the visual environment in neighbourhoods in areas where it applies is unquestionable: by and large the letting board blight has gone

However, a timely reminder: Development Management at Nottingham City Council is sending this letter to all landlords and agents …

RESTRICTIONS ON RESIDENTIAL LETTING BOARDS- ‘REGULATION 7 DIRECTION’ INNER NORTH WEST AND WEST PARTS OF NOTTINGHAM CITY

As a landlord or agent I am writing to remind you of the protocol controlling the use of letting boards which came into operation in large parts of Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Arboretum, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey wards of the city in October 2012.

I particularly want to remind you that from 1st October to 31st December this year there must be no boards displayed within the Direction area. Full details of the Direction, Area map and Landlord Guidance Note are available on the City Council’s web site at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/lettingboards.

To avoid unnecessary problems and potential enforcement action I would ask that all existing boards are removed.

The Regulation 7 Direction has been a big success and the absence of unauthorised letting boards in the area has greatly improved the environment of the main student areas of the city, and for local people living there. Compliance with the Direction and Letting Board Guidance has largely been universal and your support, as landlords and letting agents, is greatly appreciated in achieving the transformation of the Area.

In previous years, it is regrettable that a small number of boards have been displayed in contravention of the Direction, and we have written to offenders and/or taken direct steps to remove boards. However, it is an offence to display a letting board in contravention of the Direction, and we take the view that it should not be necessary for limited council resources to be used to take action more than once against the same offenders.

I must therefore advise that it is our intention to prosecute repeat offenders this year. This includes offenders we have written to in previous years to request that unauthorised boards be removed.

I trust that this more serious action will not be necessary, and thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that the protocol is complied with.

The following is a summary of the rules for letting boards within the Direction area:

  • Letting boards will be permitted from January 1st to September 30th only, and must not be displayed from 1st October to 31st December.
  • Only one board per building will be permitted.
  • Boards to be mounted flush to the wall above the front door, but if not possible, mounted flush to the wall on the street frontage elevation. No part of the board shall be higher than first-floor window cill level.
  • Boards must have a white background and be no more than 34cm x 48cm or 48cm x 34cm in size.
  • One company logo per board which should not exceed one third of the overall size of the board. Logos and text will be permitted in black and any one single uniform colour. No fluorescent colours should be used.
  • Boards marked by “Let By”, “Let”, “More wanted” or similar wording are to be prohibited.
  • One board shall be permitted per landlord/agent per street. However, if a landlord/agent wishes to advertise properties having different numbers of bedrooms, one board shall be permitted for each property with a different number of bedrooms, up to a maximum of three per street, as long as the number of bedrooms is specified on the board.
  • Boards shall be removed not later than 14 days after the granting of a tenancy for the room, house or flat in question. Letting boards shall not be displayed other than in the calendar year for which the tenancy is available.

No enforcement action will be taken if the letting board complies with the above guidance within the area of control. 
I look forward to your continued support of this policy initiative.

If you have any general questions or would like further information on the guidance please contact development.management@nottinghamcity.gov.uk , call 0115 876 4447 or Jo Briggs on 0115 8764041