A tenants guide to renting a property

Who is my current utility provider?

Harringtons do not hold details of your properties current utility provider. However you can easily find these details online.

Find your electricity provider by using the below link, you will need your property address including the postcode which can be found in your tenancy agreement.


Find your gas provider by using the below link, you will need the postcode for the property which can be found in your tenancy agreement.



Switching Providers

If you are a tenant and would like to switch energy providers, you can do this without needing your landlord’s permission unless your landlord pays the energy bills.  You can find out if your energy bills are included in your tenancy agreement.

If you wish to set broadband up in your property please check with your provider that they will not need to drill holes through any walls.  Some properties will have existing broadband sockets, you can find out if your properties does by looking at your inventory.

If your broadband provider needs to drill any holes either in your property or any communal areas in a building, you will need to seek permission before proceeding.


Right To Rent

To rent a property in England you must be able to show proof of your right to rent.

British and Irish Citizens

If you are a British or Irish citizen you have unlimited right to rent in the UK.  You can provide a current or expired passport to prove your right to rent.  If you do not hold a passport you can provider a valid UK driving licence & a UK birth certificate.

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EU Citizens

If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you must provide a share code of your settlement status from the government’s website in order to prove your right to rent.

If you have settled or pre-settled status or applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document on your phone, please visit https://www.gov.uk/ to obtain your share code

You will need:

  • details of the identity document you used when you applied (your passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card or permit)
  • your date of birth
  • access to the mobile number or email address you used when you applied – you’ll be sent a code for logging in

Then follow the below steps to obtain your share code:

  • In the search bar type in ‘right to rent’
  • Select ‘View and prove your immigration status’ (eleventh option down)
  • Start now

Non EU Citizens

You must provide a share code from the government’s website in order to prove your right to rent.  We cannot accept physical copies of biometric immigration documents (current or expired) issued by the Home Office.  This includes Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) and Biometric Residence Cards (BRCs).

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/ to obtain your share code.  You will need your date of birth and details of one of the following:

  • your biometric residence permit
  • your biometric residence card
  • your passport or national identity card

Then follow the below steps to obtain your share code:

  • In the search bar type in ‘right to rent’
  • Select ‘Prove your right to rent in England’ (third option down)
  • Start now
  • Answer the questions that relate to your immigration status
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More information

If you have any questions regarding your UK Visa and Immigration status including your settlement status, you can contact UKVI.  Please visit the below link and follow the steps to obtain a contact telephone number.


We cannot move you into the property without the correct documents being provided and the right to rent provisions being passed.

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Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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