The city is about to crack down on the existing residential real estate open house sign laws.
The laws, which prohibit posting bills, signs and other notices on public property in an effort to lure customers to weekend open houses, have not been enforced over the last few years. The result is that main intersections like Hillhurst Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard become stuffed with signs each weekend.
If signs are posted, fines start at $100 and escalate to $500 on the third violations, at which point it becomes a misdemeanor. Realtors can post a sign on the property being showcased—but not at nearby intersections or streets—but must remove it at the conclusion of the open house.
James W. Litz, the government affairs director of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, blamed “neighbor complaints and a proliferation of signs” for the crackdown.
“Signs are not allowed in the public right-of-way due to liability issues,” Litz said. He advised realtors to get written permission for signs on private property and to avoid placing anything in a public place.
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