Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.
Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.
They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.
From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.
Katie Oakes reports:
Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.
It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.
From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.
Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":
But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:
Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.
The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.
From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.
Police discovered suspected drugs and a large amount of cash while searching a house in Jesmond, Newcastle
Officers, together with a team from environmental health, went to an address to seize equipment as part of a noise abatement order.
When they arrived they discovered the money and drugs and a man,24, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class-A drug with intent to supply.
Another man, 22, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class B drug with intent to supply.
Both are students at Newcastle University, which has been informed and will follow its own disciplinary procedure.
In addition, a third man aged 27 was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled class A drug with intent to supply. All three have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Glynis Mackie, guide leader at the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit, said:
A Newcastle-based girl guide group who were told they would be expelled if they failed to remove God from their oath have won their fight to remain part of the Girl Guides organisation.
The 37th Newcastle Guide Unit at Jesmond Parish Church received a letter from Girl Guiding's chief commissioner in the North East informing them their membership would end if they did not start using a new oath which has no mention of religion.
But the group have now been informed the threat has been lifted.
A Guide troop has been given more time to decide whether to adopt the new Girlguiding promise or be thrown out of the organisation
The 37th Newcastle group in Jesmond is refusing to use the new promise because it no longer mentions God. Girlguiding says the new words welcome girls of all faiths and none. Watch Julia Barthram's full reports.