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York signs up agents to student To Let boards ban

Move by city councillors follows complaints from residents

Nigel Lewis

City councillors in York say they have persuaded four agents in the city to sign up to a voluntary scheme that will see a To Let boards ban within key student areas around its university.

It is claimed that four of York’s leading agents – Adam Bennett, IG Properties, Access Properties York and Sinclair Properties – have agreed to reduce or stop their usage of the boards.

“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,” Labour councillor David Levene (pictured) who used to be a student in the city until 2011 and was elected as a council on a platform of representing students and student issues, told the local paper The Press.

“In reality, the vast majority of students find their accommodation online. I’m very pleased and grateful that Sinclairs, AP York, Adam Bennett, and IG have shown real leadership in signing up to this agreement.”

The campaign to start a voluntary agreement over To Let boards in York was begun in November last year after complaints by local residents about too many boards in these student areas.

York joins eight other cities implementing or exploring student area board bans including Sheffield, Brighton, Liverpool, Durham, Belfast, Leicester, Newcastle and London.

January 16, 2017

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