Private Sector Housing

Renting privately

Get advice on finding a home and paying rent on our renting privately web page.

We also have specific information for students, older people and ex-service personnel.

Warm, safe and secure homes

If you're an owner occupier or a tenant renting from a private landlord and your home is in a poor state of repair or needs adapting to enable you to remain living there, contact our private sector housing team to see if we can help.

Our staff can give you advice and let you know what options are available to you.  In some cases we may refer you to another council service, external partner or agency.

The team covers all housing which is not owned by the council, including

  • leasehold properties
  • privately rented accommodation
  • housing association properties
  • owner occupied properties 

Find out how the team can help by reading our guide to private sector housing team services.

How to contact the private sector housing team

  • telephone us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 01273 293156.
  • call into the customer centre at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road (Please note that an officer may not always be available to deal with your query without a prior appointment)
  • write to us at:

Private Sector Housing
Brighton & Hove City Council
Ground Floor Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove, BN3 3BQ

Our target is to respond to emergency requests for assistance within one working day and within three working days for non-emergencies. We will respond to requests for information within 10 working days.


A leasehold property is one owned by someone else (the freeholder) who sells you the right to use it for a period of time. You will not own it outright. Information can be found on GOV.UK or contact the Leasehold Advisory Service.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Landlords must ensure that there is a smoke alarm on each storey of their property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where there is a solid fuel burning appliance. 

Landlords also must ensure that the alarms are checked and in proper working order at the start of each new tenancy.  Take a look at the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm booklet for more information.

Other useful links

Finding reputable builders

Home safety and security

Inspecting your home

Major alterations

Getting work done! DIY or Professional?

About private sector housing in Brighton & Hove

Our private sector housing team works towards warm, safe healthy homes for all the city's homeowners and private tenants .Most of Brighton & Hove's residents (85%) live in properties which are privately owned.

The amount of private rented properties in Brighton & Hove is 21% - twice as high as the national average - with a very high number of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The city has the sixth largest private rented sector in the country and over seven times the number of converted flats. Three-quarters of the housing stock was built before 1919, often these homes are harder to insulate and to heat. Affordability is also a key issue our residents, with high average house prices, and high rental prices, many people struggle to find somewhere to live.