Our History - Hove Lettings Agent

How Harringtons Lettings was created and how we have grown over the years

1993

Mark Harrington and Patrick Kneath met when Mark was running a property company for a third party. They decided to start a letting agency, even in the instance of a recession, which is when The Property Partnership was born. A property management company under TPCM Limited and an acquisition company. In April 1993 they rented a desk in an office on Church Road in Hove and started business. Mark Harrington worked from home and dealt with all of the
management and acquisitions side of the business. It was an exciting time starting a business but extremely difficult within the first year but it went from strength to strength.

1997

Mark Harrington and Patrick Kneath decided to go in different directions, which is when Mark took over The Property Partnership solely. Mark moved the office from the small rented desk to a much bigger office with two floors on Church Road. It was an exciting time for Mark having taken on the business solely but also very daunting. Business was growing quite substantial and new staff were employed to help the growth of the business.

2001

Mark decided that the business needed a change and decided to expand it further. Mark decided to change the name to Harringtons Lettings to have a more personal association with the business. Mark was driving the business forward and as well as obtaining new landlords. Mark later decided to look for a new shop front but wanted to find the right shop, in the right position to ensure his landlords got the best exposure.

The acquisitions department also became a business of it's own and remained at the office on Church Road. Mark also run the property consultants and management limited that managed over 100 buildings throughout the Brighton and Hove area for property management separate to letting business.

2005

Harringtons Lettings set up shop on Western Road in Hove as it was important for Harringtons to have its own identity on the high street. It was a big risk and investment at the time having to fully refurbish the shop that had been left empty. After a few months of renovations, the new ground floor and basement office on Western Road was opened and we entered a new business era. The business employed more staff and the portfolio started to increase dramatically.

The management and acquisitions department stayed at Church Road having expanded further on their own.

2009

Mark started to look to expand the company further and decided to take over Mishon Mackay’s portfolio. This was an exciting opportunity which allowed us to employ new staff as the business was thriving. We started using Rightmove and listed all of our properties on their website.

This expanded the portfolio to outside Brighton and Hove area including a lot of properties in Sussex.

2013

The letting business had become established in Brighton and Hove as being one of the top independent letting agents in the area. The internet was becoming even more important as the years went on with technology being innovated all the time.

The acquisitions side of the business was booming and Mark was helping investment landlords buy a substantial amount of property. The property consultants and management limited subsequently changed their name to iInsure 365. They were invited to bid for new insurance for the Brighton and Hove Albion football stadium. The business was now solely based in the Western Road branch. Business was thriving and the lettings was forever increasing.

We were invited to bid for the new stadium at Brighton and Hove Football Club.

2015

Harringtons Lettings business was growing so much that they needed all the space at Western Road. Mark subsequently purchased a retail shop in the Hangleton area that was converted once planning was approved into a new office. The insurance and acquisitions department was moved to Hangleton to give Harringtons Lettings more space.

At this time it was agreed to invest heavily in more technology. The market had started to change quite significantly and walk in business was not so important as it had been previously. The internet was forever growing. Having a presence on the internet was much more important than having a shop front.

Mark decided to run the New York Marathon in this year and persuaded some of the staff to join him. It was a fantastic event although painful for Mark's feet and many of his staff.

2017

Mark Harrington had since 2015 noticed the drop off in the market for walk in business. He did a two year survey to make sure that this was correct and noted that not one person that walked into Western Road ever took a property. It was decided to concentrate much more heavily on the internet advertising and presence. It was clear that tenants were securing properties through the internet rather than from walking into a letting agents. It was therefore decided to vacate Western Road even though we had been there in excess of 12 years. All of the businesses amalgamated into Hangleton so everybody was under one umbrella.

The insurance department iInsure 365 and Harringtons Lettings all moved into one office at 169 Hangleton Way, Hove. There is more than ample parking for all the staff, lots of local shops and it brings Mark Harrington a full circle back to his roots. His family has always lived in Brighton and Hove having now relocated back from central Brighton.

2018

We celebrated 25 years of business by attending the Rockinghorse Summer Ball. It was a fantastic night out celebrating our 25 years being the property industry and fun was had by all of the staff.

2019

iInsure 365 decide to relocate their offices. iInsure 365 is looking to potentially expand as well as Harringtons and it was decided in order to do this they would currently relocate to home in the interim while a new premises is searched for. They have now completely relocated to their own homes but both Charlotte and Joe are absolutely enjoying working from home.

2020

The move from Hove to Hangleton has allowed everyone to focus on marketing. It was decided to re-brand and therefore we launched our brand new website. We have purchased new high end technology to include a 360 degree camera in order to enable us to create 3D virtual tours and floorplans while on-site. One of the first in the lettings industry to have this. All of the business are now completely separated being Harringtons Lettings, Harringtons Acquisitions and iInsure 365 who deal with all the insurance.

2021

It has been a tough year for everyone due to the pandemic. Some of the staff have worked from home during this period and others have travelled in on occasions. It has all been a huge upheaval for everyone but we are so glad we moved out the city centre some considerable time ago. It is a great location, Hangleton and easy access so now the staff are coming back to the office even through these difficult times. Social distancing and the Government guidelines have been adhered to through the whole system as well as having to change the way that we work. It has not been easy for people and we are all very conscious of trying to help each other this extremely stressful time. This does not only mean our staff but our tenants and landlords. We are all hoping that 2022 becomes a much better year.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
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
Tegan
Tegan
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.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
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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