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Signs up year-round.

I WAS interested to read your article in the Chronicle entitled "Estate agents sign up to tough code".

You say that under the new code, letting signs must be taken down within 14 days of granting a tenancy, but I wonder if the code offers any improvement (for tenants and residents) over the old one regarding time limits before a property comes on to the market.

I understand there was previously some informal agreement that signs relating to the new academic year beginning in September/October would not be put up before January, but it was widely ignored.

Several times between September and November I phoned the agency dealing with the property near my home in Jesmond asking them to remove their 'To Let' sign, as the current tenants were going to stay for the entire academic year.

Each time they said. 'Yes, it's time we took it down: we'll get onto it' but nothing happened until some time in November when the tacked-on smaller notice marked 'available 2009-10 academic year' was replaced by one marked 'available 2010-11 academic year'.

So in effect the sign is there all year round. I am sure tenants and other residents would welcome a public information initiative by the council concerning the new code. DAVID WILD.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2009
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