Rent Smart Brighton and Hove Launch
A new partnership to support private tenants in the city will be launched next week.
Rent Smart Brighton and Hove brings together organisations across the city with an expertise in housing.
The partnership will launch a website signposting tenants to sources of information and advice.
The partnership will also encourage tenants to use the review site AllAgents.co.uk to research and evaluate their letting agent.
Rent Smart will launch on Tuesday November 22nd with an event at 6.30pm at Grand Parade in Brighton. Rent Smart will also be on the agenda at the Housing and New Homes meeting on November 16th, when formal approval will be sought for the council to become a partner.
Partners confirmed so far are: Brighton and Sussex Universities, Sussex University Students Union, Brighton Housing Trust, Citizens Advice Brighton and Hove, Sussex Student Lettings and the Southern Landlords Association.
Cllr Tracey Hill, the council’s lead for private rented sector housing, says: “The private rented sector is one of the council’s top priorities. A third of the city now lives in private rented accommodation. Good information is already out there about tenants’ rights and responsibilities, but many people don’t know it’s there. Rent Smart will point people towards many information sources, including the government’s How to Rent guide, Shelter, and the city’s own housing advice services.
“Letting agents vary in the quality of the service provided, but it is difficult for potential tenants to evaluate them before they sign a contract. A professionally run ratings site is the best way to evaluate all agents on an equal footing. Ideally, every letting agency in the city would have a robust number of reviews on a ratings site such as AllAgents.
“Rent Smart will run information and awareness campaigns in the future in response to needs and issues that the partners have identified.”