Tenants

Our friendly and approachable team are here to help you find your next home and help support a stress free tenancy. If you are looking to rent a flat or house in Hove or Brighton, the quickest way is often to choose the area that do and don't interest you. Think about what you would want close at hand, like a station, the beach, bars or buses. If you are not familiar with the areas look at a Brighton and Hove area map guide.

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Are you looking for furnished or unfurnished?

Most tenants prefer an unfurnished property as they like to bring their own furniture and put their own stamp on the property. However, some of our properties also come part and fully furnished. You will find a lot of these in the city centre are often furnished. They can also include bills. They are often in a great location. Often a short walk from most shops etc.

We manage a wide range of properties from studio flats through to large residential houses. If you cannot find what you are looking for straight away please feel free to register your details on our home page as new properties are added to the market regularly.  We will always try to accommodate what you are looking for and match you with the perfect property.

Is it a flat in Brighton to rent or a house in Hove that you are looking for? Whilst we might be a letting agent in Hove we cover the whole of Brighton and Hove so don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Choosing the area you want to live

Before looking for a new home, it is important you are sure about the area you want to live maybe near central Brighton or even the heart of Hove. Think about what you would like close to you, train station, pubs, restaurants, sea views, bus stop. If you’re not familiar with the area we will be happy to assist you. We have lots of student houses in the city centre which are a great location. We also have one bedroom flats to rent that are also a short walk from Brighton town centre. These properties can also have the bills included.

We have included a new feature on our website which enables you to see how much the council tax would be monthly and annually for each property & what band it falls into.  This will be shown at the bottom of each property description.

We also provide the distance to the nearest train station, school and supermarket which we hope will be useful and help make your search easier. Are you looking for a flat to rent in Brighton or a house to live in Hove? Both have their own attributes. Brighton is a much more busy part of the city with lots of bars, shops and restaurants where as Hove is more relaxed and laid back. However, they both have the beach in common and you couldn’t live in a better city. Brighton has a thriving city centre that is a great location to live. Most of Brighton city attractions are a short walk from each other, from flats to rent through to student houses.

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Providing a UK Homeowner Guarantor

As an agency we ask all tenants regardless of their earnings to provide a UK homeowner as a guarantor. This provides our landlord with security ensuring your rent will be paid on time and in full.

We understand that providing a guarantor doesn’t suit everyone. However, we have found since 1993 that this is the most secure way in order to ensure our landlords receive the rent payments each month on time.  We do not carry out any form of referencing.

Alternatively, some of our landlords are happy to accept 6 or 12 months’ rent in advance instead of providing a guarantor but this is at the landlord discretion. We understand it is difficult to provide a UK homeowner guarantor who owns their own home in the United Kingdom. We appreciate more than most that not all tenants have this. Unfortunately, it is something that our landlords require especially in these uncertain times. Why not speak to a friend, a family member or someone that you trust that would be able to help you. You might find it is easier than you think.

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Arranging a viewing of a property

Once you have made an enquiry for one of our properties a member of the Harringtons team will arrange a viewing with you and will meet you at the property to show you around.

Should you require advice on alternative options we will recommend other available properties suiting your requirements. We can also add you to our property mailing list so you’re notified as and when new properties matching your search criteria come on the market.

It is important that you know the area that you want before you go and look at properties. It is obviously a big decision, looking for a property and wanting to move to a set area. Why not have a drive round the area or even look on the internet to see it has everything you need. Once you have decided don’t hesitate to contact us and we are more than happy to book you in. What are you really looking for in a property? Do you need appliances, furniture or storage? When do you want move in and whom will you be moving in with? These are all questions you might want to think about before arranging any type of viewing. We are happy to help you make the decision as easy as possible.

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Securing the property

Once you have viewed the property and if you’re keen to proceed, one of Harrington’s Negotiators will guide you through the process to secure the property. You will be required to put down a reservation fee in order to take the property off of the market. This fee is deductible off of your initial move in money.

Once the tenancy has been agreed with the landlord it will be passed to our Administration Team who will deal with your tenancy going forward.

In order to ensure the process is dealt with as quick as possible we send all of our paperwork electronically via Docusign to avoid any delays printing and sending back forms.  We will also ensure any correspondence is replied to within 24 hours at the latest.

It is important for your own peace of mind that you deal with the paperwork as soon as is possible. Unfortunately, there will be forms to fill out but we have made this as plain and simple as possible for you. We are here to help if you don’t understand anything you need but you could always read the latest rent guide from the government here.

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On Your Move in Day

Once all your paperwork and move in money has been paid and completed we will arrange for you to come to our office on your move in date to collect your keys. You would have already signed all of the tenancy documentation prior to your move in day online so on your move in day all there is to do is collect your keys.

If you have any questions on your move in day, do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you the best we can.

It is always important that you try and look as far ahead as possible when wanting to move into a property. Have you arranged the gas, water or electricity? What about the internet, have you looked at who can provide this for you and what your options are? If you are a student and looking to move in we can help you with splitting the bills so don’t hesitate to contact us. Have you thought about employing a move in company. Why not click here to find out what savings we can help you with?

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Inventory

An inventory is a detailed inspection of the property, describing all the contents within it and their condition.

If we arrange your landlords inventory this will be carried out before you move into the property. The inventory will be sent to you roughly 24 hours prior to your tenancy start date. This is to ensure it is as accurate as possible.

You will then be asked to sign it before collecting your keys, however as stated in the inventory you will have 2 weeks from your move in date to make any changes and return them to us.

The inventory will include a written report which will document the condition and any details of the property.  We will also provide you with supporting inventory photos.

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The Deposit

Your landlord is legally responsible to protect your deposit by registering it with one of the tenancy deposit schemes licensed by the government. If we register your deposit on behalf of your landlord then it will be registered with The Deposit Protection Service.

By registering your deposit it will mean that there is an independent means to resolve any dispute that may arise at the end of the tenancy between the landlord and the tenant.

If you have used Reposit then you’re already protected and you also have the same access to an independent adjudicator should you need it at the end of your tenancy.

We do provide a no deposit option called Reposit. This means that you pay an insurance company a certain amount to cover your deposit as a one off fee. There may be other fees payable when you come for renewal but don’t hesitate to look at their website here that will explain it for you. It is an easier option rather than having to come up with a large sum.

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Renewing or ending your tenancy

We will review all of our tenancies around 3 months before the agreed expiry date. This allows time to process any negotiated changes from the landlord or tenant such as rental increases, tenancy term or property maintenance. Should a tenant or landlord wish to end the tenancy we will guide you through the process of what is required.

As per all of our paperwork, our renewal documents will be emailed to you via Docusign.  This allows the documents to be signed in a matter of minutes.

Not sure what you wish to do with regard to renewing your contract then why not discuss it with us? Are you thinking of moving and looking for a bigger property or even down sizing? Want to have an outside space such as a balcony or a garden or move from a flat to a house then don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be able to help you.

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Lettings terms explained

Lettings terms can often be confusing. Please find below an explanation for some of the jargon that is often used.

TENANCY AGREEMENT

The contractual agreement between the landlord and tenant containing terms and obligations for both parties in regards to the house to let.  The below link to the Governments website explains this in further detail –

https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-tenancy-agreements

GUARANTOR

A person who signs a legal document agreeing to pay the rent in the event that the tenant defaults. They will also be responsible for covering any costs relating to any damage caused by the tenant. A guarantor is usually a parent or family member.

RENT

The monthly payment by the tenant to the landlord for use of the property.

NOTICE

Written communication by either the landlord or the tenant of their intention to end the tenancy. The tenancy agreement includes the length of legal notice required.

NOTICE TO QUIT

The date by which the Landlord needs to serve notice on the tenant in a fixed term tenancy. This date is normally two months before the end of the tenancy.

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INVENTORY

A condition report of the property to include all fixtures, fittings and cleanliness. Used as evidence of the condition of the property at the end of the tenancy. This is to determine whether the tenants have caused any damage during the tenancy above normal wear and tear.

DEPOSIT

A fixed sum of money taken at the start of the tenancy as security for the landlord for any damage or arrears at the end of the tenancy.

SWAP OVER

The legal transfer of the tenancy from one person to another. Only certain tenants have the right to do this. Most tenancies will exclude tenants from assigning the lease.

SUB-LETTING

Where the tenant rents/leases all or part of the property to a third party.

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ABANDONMENT

The desertion of a property by the tenant with the intent of never returning or taking up possession in the future often without notice.

CONTENTS INSURANCE

An insurance taken out by the tenant for the contents of the property. The landlord does not cover contents of the property or your own furniture, just the building.  Please see link below for some further information on this –

https://harringtonslettings.co.uk/students-contents-insurance-do-i-need-it-for-my-student-accommodation/

SURRENDER

The giving up of your tenancy and handing back possession of the property to the landlord.

WEAR AND TEAR

Loss, damage, or depreciation resulting from ordinary use and exposure over time. Damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of normal wear or ageing.

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Top Tips for Tenants

What is a UK Homeowner Guarantor?

Why do you ask for a UK Homeowner as a guarantor?

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Why does my guarantor need to guarantee all tenants?

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

What is the zero deposit option through Reposit?

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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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