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Rule changes agreed for Brighton and Hove beach huts

Beach hut tenancies will be only for five years under new rules which will apply to new tenants.

The rule change affects 100 brick beach huts in Hove, Madeira Drive in Brighton, Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean.

The aim is reduce the length of time people are having to wait for a hut.

More than 100 people are on the waiting list and some have been waiting for more than ten years.

But Brighton and Hove City Council has accepted a call to carry out a consultation before ending any existing tenancies.

Councillor David Smith, the council’s cabinet member for culture, also agreed that new beach hut tenancies for the brick huts should be restricted to residents of Brighton and Hove.

Rents are to rise by 10 per cent. They currently range from £400 to £700 a year.

And those who do not maintain their huts properly may be given two months’ notice to end their tenancy.

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