Staff Nurse Tracey O’Rourke and her teenage son Joshua are amongst the latest to benefit from Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) diverse property portfolio.

The 58-year-old, who works at Stafford County Hospital, said she was absolutely thrilled to secure a two-bedroom SARH apartment at one of its latest developments after spending many years renting privately.

“When you rent privately, you never feel like you are living in your own home,” she explained. “You never really feel secure and have no real say in what the landlord does with the property.”

“You can wait forever for any repairs, and if we had moved to another private property rents would have been much higher, and we would have had to find money for a large deposit.”

Compared to tenants in the private rental sector, SARH customers enjoy increased peace of mind thanks to longer term tenancy agreements and no deposit affordable rents that include additional benefits such as guaranteed repairs and emergency call-outs.

“Not having to find a large deposit was a great help. The new apartment is absolutely lovely and we feel a real sense of security,” said Tracey.

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, explained: “We will soon be celebrating our 10th anniversary, and the past decade has seen a dramatic change in the local housing market. We are now seeing more working people looking for rented accommodation and, thanks to an extensive new build and refurbishment programme, we are fast becoming the landlord of choice for many."

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