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    • ckt_82
    • By ckt_82 11th Oct 16, 11:09 PM
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    Estate Agents notified of Let By board
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:09 PM
    Estate Agents notified of Let By board 11th Oct 16 at 11:09 PM
    Looking for some advice.

    I received an email today from estate agents advising they would be erecting a Let By signpost in our front garden within the next 7 days as part of a marketing campaign to promote their business. As we have been renting the property for two and a half years now we're not really comfortable with this and having read over the tenancy agreement this evening there is nothing in it which suggests we are under any obligation to allow them to do this.

    Can anyone advise where we stand with this? I have contacted the landlord to make him aware as we have a very good relationship with him.
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    • lewisa
    • By lewisa 11th Oct 16, 11:20 PM
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    I would agree to it providing they paid the market rate.

    If they wanted to stick their board on a roundabout it was cost about £300 p.a. to the landowner plus the same in business rates for the plot.

    As you arent the landowner im not sure if thats viable. But it would be that or the big F O.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 11th Oct 16, 11:21 PM
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    Tell them no and if they do put it up regardless just take it down and shove it through their letterbox.
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    • Miss Samantha
    • By Miss Samantha 11th Oct 16, 11:25 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:25 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:25 PM
    Quite simply, this is your land and therefore they cannot erect anything on it without your permission. If they go ahead without your permission they will be trespassing.

    They have some cheek to tell you that they are going to erect a board.
    • ckt_82
    • By ckt_82 11th Oct 16, 11:35 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:35 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:35 PM
    To confirm, we do let the property from said estate agents but they do have a cheek to tell me that they will be erecting said board in the next 7 days. If we had just signed the tenancy I'd have no objection to the 14 days which they would be permitted but we have been there so long now that surely they can't just do this?? Before I respond to them I just need to be clear I'm in the right. I have already advised the landlord I wouldn't be giving them consent to do it as it's nowhere in my tenancy agreement.
    • Miss Samantha
    • By Miss Samantha 11th Oct 16, 11:40 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:40 PM
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    If we had just signed the tenancy I'd have no objection to the 14 days which they would be permitted but we have been there so long now that surely they can't just do this?? Before I respond to them I just need to be clear I'm in the right.
    Originally posted by ckt_82
    They are not permitted anything from day 1 of your tenancy without having your permission.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 11th Oct 16, 11:40 PM
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    What did the landlord say? The agents work for him so a 'no' from him would carry more weight.
    • lewisa
    • By lewisa 11th Oct 16, 11:42 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:42 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:42 PM
    Advertising hoardings are a commercial entity subject to business rates. There is an exemption for temporary property sale/let signs and political signs in the run up to an election.

    This is neither of them. Grass them up to the council valuation office.
    • bazzyb
    • By bazzyb 11th Oct 16, 11:42 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:42 PM
    A 'let by' board is only exempt from needing planning permission if it is removed within 14 days of the property being let. I would suspect they have not applied for planning permission, so I would probably point this out to them.
    • ckt_82
    • By ckt_82 11th Oct 16, 11:50 PM
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    What did the landlord say? The agents work for him so a 'no' from him would carry more weight.
    Originally posted by G_M
    Awaiting his reply which will likely be tomorrow. Thank you for your replies so far I'll update tomorrow.
    • Miss Samantha
    • By Miss Samantha 11th Oct 16, 11:53 PM
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    What is the point of discussing business rates or planning permission?

    The starting point is that they need OP's permission. If he says 'no' then end of story, and if everyone's happy with the sign being erected for £50 then no need to involve anyone else.
    • bazzyb
    • By bazzyb 11th Oct 16, 11:57 PM
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    What is the point of discussing business rates or planning permission?

    The starting point is that they need OP's permission. If he says 'no' then end of story, and if everyone's happy with the sign being erected for £50 then no need to involve anyone else.
    Originally posted by Miss Samantha
    Agree that the OP saying no should be the end of it, but in reality the agent may take falling foul of planning regs a little more seriously than falling out with the tenant. Especially when they aren't even asking for permission to do so.
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