About Us

Harringtons Student Lettings are a local, independent property managing agent with over 30 years of experience in the Durham student property market with an office perfectly located within Durham City Centre.

Our company ethos is to provide a highly professional and personal service, based on honesty, integrity and always working in the best interests of our clients. At the heart of our success are our people. We hold the belief that whichever agent you choose, it is their people who will decide the result you get and make or break the experience you have. So we think very carefully about who works for us and we’ve created a culture that puts getting ‘better results’ for our clients, at the top of the agenda. Our fresh and modern approach is driven by an ambitious, forward thinking and professional team who take pride in enhancing your student experience.

Meet the Team

Nick Swift

Director

Nick is the director of Harringtons. He studied at Durham University and has been buying and managing student property since 1990. Nick enjoys triathlon, skiing and working as a full-time taxi service ferrying his children to and from sporting events on the weekends.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Both

Winter or Summer?

Winter

Tea or coffee?

Green Tea

McDonalds Or KFC?

McDonalds

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Mr Gilbert

Amanda Bell

Head of Finance

Amanda joined the firm in 2018 after gaining 13 year experience as Accounts Senior for a large accountancy practise then progressing to Finance Manager within an industry role. Amanda spends most of her days with a calculator in her hand to ensure the accounts & finance side of the company runs smoothly, Amanda is also the senior point of contact within the office and oversees the day to day running of the firm. Having played football for both Sunderland and England Ladies in her younger days she remains an avid football fan although these days it’s watching the sport rather than participating.

Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi

Cat or dog?

Dog

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

McDonalds Or KFC?

KFC

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Simon

Ellie Clish

Lettings Negotiator

Ellie joined the firm in 2015 after leaving school to start an apprenticeship and has worked her way to Senior Lettings Negotiator, being the main point of contact to all tenants and landlords. In her spare time Ellie likes to take her 3 Pomeranians for long walks in the countryside as well as being an avid fan of Mrs Hinch. Ellie is a dedicated gymnast which takes up a lot of her time, however it is a must due to helping burn the calories she consumes daily in chocolate bars.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Dog

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Neither

McDonalds Or KFC?

Both

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Carly

Simon Fung

Accounts Senior

Simon joined our team in January 2022 bringing over 20 years accountancy experience with him to work alongside Amanda and ensure the company finances run smoothly. Simon is a big Manchester United football fan and is hoping the success of the early 90’s will return to the red side of Manchester very soon. In his spare time Simon loves to travel having already travelled across Asia he is looking forward to travelling more of the world in the near future. Simon’s biggest achievement to date is obtaining a black belt in Taekwondo, he is now semi-retired from the sport but still likes to put the belt on from time to time and train to stay fit and healthy.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Dog

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Tea

McDonalds Or KFC?

KFC

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Will

Erfan Beni

Lettings Negotiator

Erfan graduated from Teesside University in 2016 and continued to live in Middlesbrough working in student lettings till late 2019. Erfan moved to Newcastle to start working in residential lettings to gain vast experience in both sides of the lettings markets. After gaining the appropriate skills, he joined our team in Durham to learn the market in a new city. In his spare time, Erfan is a graphic designer and spends time at the gym. He is fluent in 2 languages; English and Farsi and clearly has too much time on his hands as he also likes to play on his PlayStation 5.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Both

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

McDonalds Or KFC?

McDonalds

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Jay

Lauren Attle

Lettings Negotiator

Lauren joined our team to work alongside Ellie and Erfan in the lettings department in 2022, having worked for another student letting agent in Durham before gaining experience in the residential property market, she then decided her career lies within the student market and not residential. Having gained a BTEC in photography, Lauren thrives on taking the marketing photos for all of our online adverts. She is also very passionate about mental health and is currently studying at Bishop Auckland College to understand this area further. In her spare time, Lauren spends a vast number of hours riding, grooming and generally looking after her horse Baxter. She is also a big fashionista and aims to be on trend with the latest fashion at all times.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Dog

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

McDonalds Or KFC?

McDonalds

Bath Or Shower?

Bath

Inbetweeners character?

Charlotte

Jack Forster

Head of maintenance

Jack joined the firm in 2021 to become head of maintenance. After gaining a diploma in Public Services Jack started his own self employed business in 2012 which ran successfully until 2021 when unfortunately due to COVID-19 his business ceased. Jack has quickly become a firm favourite with our tenants due to his exemplary workmanship skills and charming personality. Jack regularly competed in Brazilian Jujitsu and mixed martial arts competitions before an injury lead to early retirement. Jack can now be found on the local motoX course competing in adrenaline-fuelled racing competitions.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Cat or dog?

Dog

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

McDonalds Or KFC?

McDonalds

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

Neil

Derek Bell

Maintenance Coordinator

Having worked in a large residential care home for over 10 years, Derek joined Harringtons looking for a new adventure. Derek thrives in having a new challenge everyday and each day at Harringtons is certainly different. After obtaining numerous certifications in joinery, plastering and plumbing, we are yet to find something he is unable to rectify. In his spare time Derek can generally be found at his allotment, nurturing his home grown fruit and vegetables, believing the organic method is the future. Derek is an avid fan of the performing arts theatre, attending numerous local stage productions as well as reading classical culture novels his favourite being Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy suggesting Hardy left his best novel until last.

Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi

Cat or dog?

Both

Winter or Summer?

Summer

Tea or coffee?

Tea

McDonalds Or KFC?

Neither

Bath Or Shower?

Shower

Inbetweeners character?

John

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    Durham

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