Roberta has welcomed the decision by Durham County Council to begin consultation on new regulations aimed to reduce the number of To Let boards on residential streets in Durham.

A voluntary scheme for landlords was introduced in 2009, which limited each landlord to one board per street, however there has been a recent increase of breaches of this voluntary code.

The new regulations currently being consulted on would remove current rights of landlords to display To Let boards without seeking consent from the local authority first, and local residents have the opportunity to say whether they would prefer to retain the voluntary code, or whether Durham County Council should apply to the Government for a Regulation Seven Direction to formalise the controls on To Let boards.

Residents can take part in the consultation by visiting or attending a drop in event organised by Durham County Council at the Town Hall, Durham Market Place on Monday 16 January 2017 between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Roberta said:

“I am delighted that Durham County Council have now begun consulting on tighter regulations to curb the number of To Let boards in Durham, as along with local residents I have campaigned for a Regulation 7 Direction in Durham for some time. Having held a number of discussions with landlords and residents, and undertaken surveys on the impact of To Let boards over a number of years, it was clear that the voluntary scheme needed strengthening.

I have raised this issue with the Council, and have regularly discussed steps that have been taken in comparable cities around the country, with a view to introducing similar measures in Durham. 

Durham should be doing everything it can to make the city attractive for visitors and residents alike, and a preponderance of To Let Boards can be very unattractive indeed, and I very much look forward to working with Durham County Council and local residents to tackle this issue in the near future, and I urge members of the public to engage with this consultation.”

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