legitimate use of signs
Many people drive through neighbourhoods that they are considering moving to when they are looking for a new home. Open house signs help to bring these people to a home for sale, thereby helping the homeowners realize the full market potential of their home.
Richmond Hill is quite unique, within the GTA, in prohibiting open house signs.
Because of this, the current Richmond Hill sign by-law puts constituents at a competitive disadvantage with home sellers in neighbouring municipalities like Vaughan and Markham, where open house signs can be used.
It’s time for Richmond Hill to adopt a reasonable sign by-law.
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will improve enforcement
We strongly believe that reasonable rules should be in place to ensure the legitimate use of these signs. Open house signs can be allowed with reasonable limits that could help improve enforcement.
The single most effective action that Richmond Hill Council can, and should, take, is to require open house signs to display the date, time, and address of the open house that it is promoting.
This would help to ensure that the sign is being used to promote a legitimate open house, and not for ulterior motives. It would allow both enforcement staff and the public to instantly determine if the sign is advertising a current open house or not.
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