About us

Around a third of people in Brighton and Hove are living in a privately rented home. We want everyone renting, or looking to rent, to have access to all the information and advice they need.

Renting a home can be daunting and sometimes problematic. But there is a lot of information and support out there. To make it easier to find, Rent Smart Brighton & Hove is a website to help you find the right information and advice.

Please browse our pages if you are looking for a place, about to move in, currently renting or about to move out. The news page features our latest events and blog posts. You can contact us directly on theteam@rentsmartbrightonhove.org. But please note that due to resources we cannot offer individual advice or help with finding a place to live.

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Advice and Information

Finding a place

What to think about when you start out looking for a rented place to live

Moving in

Found a great place? All the steps you need to take before you move in

During your tenancy

Some of the things that might crop up while you’re a tenant


New area? Find out what’s going on and how to get involved in your local community

Moving out

What to think about when it’s time to move out

How we started

Rent Smart is managed by a partnership of organisations. It came about after a report on the private rented sector was carried out by Brighton and Hove City Council in March 2015, which contained many recommendations based on evidence given by people living and working in the city. You can read the report here, and a recent update here.

The Fairness Commission has also made a number of recommendations regarding private rented housing in the city. You can read their recommendations here.