Finding a home to rent in the private sector
Most people renting in Brighton & Hove find accommodation in the private rented sector, but demand is high.
Help with housing costs
Local Housing Allowance
The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the housing benefit for people living in private rented accommodation.
LHA allows landlords and tenants to be clear about the amount of benefit tenants will receive, and speeds up the process of initiating a tenancy and a claim for benefit.
The allowance will normally be paid directly to the tenant every fortnight but, in some circumstances, the council can make the payment to the landlord.
See the Local Housing Allowance section for more information, including the current LHA rates.
Looking for somewhere to live
There are a large number of accommodation websites available which advertise places to rent. You can search online or have a look at some of the popular ones below.
You can also find information and advice about renting on the Rent Smart Brighton & Hove website.
Houses and flats
Houses, flats and shared accommodation
Finding a room
Finding accessible property
General notice boards in supermarkets and cafes often include information about rooms and properties to rent in the area.
- The Argus - this is a local area daily paper and it has some rental adverts each day. It has a large property supplement on Wednesdays.
- Friday Ad - this is a free local weekly magazine with an accommodation to rent section. Their website is also updated daily
- Latest Homes - this is a regular local free magazine, available from shops and estate agents, with a large properties to let section.
Estate and letting agents rent and manage rooms, flats and houses for private landlords. Letting agents advertise in the property pages of The Argus and you can find them online. Most letting agents will charge you administration fees of between £150 - £300, which you will need to find yourself.
Friends, family, work colleagues and previous landlords can also be a good source of information about accommodation to rent. It’s a good idea to let everyone know that you are looking for somewhere to live
Further sources of advice and information
- Help to stay in your current home
- Tenants rights and responsibilities
- How to Rent Guidelines - gov.uk website
- Information for students
- Information for ex-service personnel
- Information for older people
- Housing Co-operatives in Brighton & Hove
- Our Housing Options service can give you information and advice about finding accommodation
- Home Sweet Home - a local organisation has produced a tenants guide (3mb) which contains a variety of information and advice about renting in the private sector
- Shelter the national housing charity also provide a large range of advice and information about housing and homelessness related topics
- The gov.uk website also contains a range of housing related advice and information