Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has affordable homes to rent across Stafford Borough and surrounding areas.
Unlike private landlords, SARH do not ask for a deposit and you do not have to pay any agency fees. Your tenancy requires you to pay your rent in advance. If you will be paying your rent monthly you will need to pay four weeks in advance.
To apply for a home with SARH, you will first need to complete an online Housing Registration Form on MySARH. The information within this form will be used by SARH to help you find a home that is suited to your personal circumstances.
Most of our homes are advertised on MySARH, where you can view and apply for SARH homes that suit your needs and personal circumstances.
SARH Lettings Policy
Apply for a home
To apply for a SARH home you will first need to complete an online Housing Registration Form on the MySARH portal.
To complete the form you will need to provide:
• National Insurance number for yourself and any other household member over the age of 18.
• Addresses for you and your partner for the last 5 years, including the dates you moved in and out.
• Dates of birth for all household members.
• The value of your property and the amount of equity you have in your home (if you or any other members of your household are owner occupier)
If you are offered a SARH home, we will be asking your existing and/or previous landlords for a reference, as well as other information to support your application.
How are SARH homes advertised?
All available SARH homes are advertised online on the MySARH portal.
New homes are advertised from 9am every Thursday until 11:59pm the following Tuesday. During this time customers are able to apply for up to three homes which they would like to rent.
Customers will be contacted directly to view the property if their application is successful.
Feedback on homes which have been allocated is included on the MySARH portal to give an indication of likely waiting times, although no personal information is disclosed.
Telford & Wrekin
After Thursday 1 April 2021, we will be accepting nominations for 75% of our properties in Telford & Wrekin from Telford & Wrekin Council. Therefore, if you are homeless or due to be homeless in the next 56 days, please contact Telford & Wrekin Housing Options Team on 01952 381925.
The remaining 25% of our properties will be advertised on Telford Homefinder. Visit the Telford HomeFinder website here for how to register and apply.
Please note: Homes Direct closed on the 31 March 2021.
The right home for your needs
SARH has committed to offer up to 75% of its homes to Stafford Borough Council (SBC) who will nominate a customer in line with their needs-based Housing Allocations Scheme.
Where two customers apply for a home with the same priority, the home will be allocated to the customer with the earliest registration date.
What types of homes do SARH offer?
SARH provide a range of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership including houses, apartments and bungalows. A number of these homes are specially designed for older and vulnerable customers to enable them to live independently for longer.
The majority of SARH homes will be let through the MySARH portal, and some homes may have specific criteria attached to them to ensure they are let to individuals with a defined need for that type of home.
Within its specialist housing stock SARH also provides a number of Extracare homes, designed for customers with care needs.
How will I know which homes I can apply for?
Due to increasing demand for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) empty homes, SARH has reviewed how it calculates how many bedrooms customers are able eligible for.
When your application to MySARH has been accepted you will be notified of this and the number of bedrooms you will be able to apply for.
The following permanent household members are expected to share a bedroom:
- an adult couple
- 2 children under 18 (of the same sex)
- 2 children under 10 (regardless of sex)
Where medical information is provided which supports an adult couple or child require their own bedroom this will be reflected in the calculation of bedrooms required for that household.
A bedroom will not be allocated to family members who do not live within a household on a permanent basis, this includes families with access to children.
Consideration will be given to approved Foster Carers and allow them to have one spare bedroom.
Couples where the main applicant is age 55 and over will be able to apply for 1 and 2 bedroom homes in our Independent Living Schemes.
When letting bungalows priority will be given to customers who are age 55 and over. Couples where the main applicant is over 55 will be considered for both 1 and 2 bedroom bungalows.
A home may be let to someone who does not fully occupy it when no qualifying applications are received and the customer has the income to pay the rent.
If you’re looking to move, you could swap your home with another customer through the Mutual Exchange process. A Mutual Exchange is a swap of accommodation between two or more customers. It relies on each party moving permanently into their exchange partner’s property. To apply for a mutual exchange, please visit www.myhomeswapper.co.uk.