A new crackdown on agents’ signs in London has been launched.
Tower Hamlets Council has written to all estate agents in its borough, giving them seven days to remove any illegal signs.
These include signs that have been up long after a property has been sold or let, and signs that simply say ‘Let By’, ‘Managed By’ or ‘Sold By’.
Jamie Blake, Head of Public Realm (no, we didn’t make that up) at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Residents don’t want to see their streets littered with signage boards and that’s why we’re taking action against rogue businesses that try to advertise for free.
“Once a property has been sold or let, these estate agents signs amount to nothing more than fly posting.
“We want to work with agents to make sure that they remove their signs promptly.
“Tower Hamlets will soon be welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors as part of London 2012, and we want to ensure that the borough looks its best.”
In the London boroughs of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, agents’ signs have already been outlawed across large areas.