Four of York’s leading letting agencies have signed up to an agreement not to use ‘To Let’ Boards at student properties.
Adam Bennett, IG Properties, Access Properties York, and Sinclair Properties have all reduced or ceased using ‘To Let’ Boards at student properties in recent years, but the agreement – brokered by Hull Road Councillors David Levene, Hilary Shepherd and Neil Barnes – should mean an end to their use by the agencies.
It is hoped that other letting agencies will now do the same, with the signatory agencies stating in the agreement that:
‘In order to improve the street scene of our wonderful city ... those signing up to this agreement do so in order to lead by example in the hope that others will follow. We therefore encourage all letting agents and landlords to sign up to this voluntary agreement for the benefit of our city and its residents.’
Cllr David Levene said: ‘This is great news for residents. We’ve been told many times over the years that these signs have a big impact on how neighbourhoods look, and there are concerns that they can advertise when student properties are empty.
‘In reality, the vast majority of students find their accommodation online, and I’m very pleased and grateful that Sinclairs, APYork, Adam Bennett, and IG have shown real leadership in signing up to this agreement. We’re now calling on all letting agencies in York to do the same, and I’m looking forward to discussing this with them.’