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Real estate advertising blocking our street numbers

By 6 October 2009 43

What can be done about these large signs that completely hide our street numbers?
Real Estate sign blocks street number, ambulance in foreground
Over the long weekend, friends from out of town couldn’t find my address and called for help. It turned out that there was a large real estate sign blocking my street number and a bit of direction over the mobiles did the trick.
It’s a large apartment complex, and so we’re talking about a few hundred people being taken off the map by this real estate agent. Further, the property has already sold, and so it’s just advertising for the agent themselves and not on behalf of the seller.
Here’s what I have already done:

  • I’ve called the “removals” number on the back of the sign and spoke with the staff at Digital Central; however, as they are being paid by the real estate agents, it’s understandable that their answer was, “We’ll ask the agent.”
  • Canberra Connect quickly put me though to Fair Trading. Unfortunately, their hands are tied as the signs are not on public land, rendering them powerless.
  • I’ve emailed my landlord and asked them to take the matter up with our body corporate.

I’m looking for suggestions from the RiotACT community on better ways forward…

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dvaey 9:51 am 09 Oct 09

Punter said :

The ambulance in the foregound is a nice touch, and makes a very good point about the importance of emergency services being able to locate adresses quickly.

I dunno, as a delivery guy, I find my GPS manages to get me to pretty much any street number I give it. Id imagine emergency services would have something better than the $200 jobbie I picked up. But thats beside the point, its the non-emergency vehicles that will have more of an issue. Then again, if youre part of a large block of units, chances are pretty good that your complex number is already known by emergency services people. There are only a limited number of unit blocks around Canberra.

Ian 10:39 pm 08 Oct 09

Why didn’t you just ring the agent owning any number listed on the sign? Ring once, ask politely and failing that keep ringing at all sorts of odd hours.

misshelly 10:18 pm 08 Oct 09

haha you rang everybody EXCEPT the real estate agent on the sign?!?!

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