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Why is using a letting agent important?

Wed 26 August 2020

Letting and managing a property can be a difficult task however, using an experienced and qualified letting agent can help to reduce the stress and ensure you avoid the potential pitfalls. Read More

Cleaning checklist to help avoid issues at the end of the tenancy

Wed 26 August 2020

Finding that your property has been left unclean and unkept at the end of a tenancy can be a nightmare for any Landlord, this often leads to costly and time-consuming preparation to ensure the property is ready for the next tenants. Stags lettings team is continually advising tenants to thoroughly prepare their rented properties ahead of their departure at the end of their tenancy. If you are a tenant who is reaching the end of a tenancy agreement or a landlord who is preparing to let a property, these top tips can help prevent such issues occurring. Read More

Landlords should take advantage of Green Homes Grant

Fri 21 August 2020

As a part of the Governments drive to improve the energy efficiency of Let homes the recent Green Homes Grant provides an opportunity for Landlords to make improvements. Read More

New court eviction procedures to address Covid backlog

Mon 27 July 2020

The Government has outlined new court procedures to address the expected backlog of cases when eviction proceedings resume on August the 24th. Read More

The importance of the Private Rented Sector.

Mon 20 July 2020

The lasts English Housing Survey covering 2018/19 includes some interesting statistics relating to the private rented sector. Read More

How can I make a rental property feel like my own?

Mon 13 July 2020

It’s often assumed that renting a property stops you from making a house a home. However, this isn’t the case, there are many ways that you can put your own stamp on a rental property without the need to rip up carpets or even open a tin of paint. Read More

Green Homes Grant announced to improve energy efficiency

Thu 9 July 2020

The Chancellor announced on Wednesday the 8th July, as part of additional economic measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, that the UK Government will introduce a new £2 billion Green Homes Grant for landlords and homeowners to help make their properties more energy-efficient. Read More

Unique & Utterly Wonderful....lodge apartments to let

Thu 2 July 2020

Stags let a variety of properties from modern family homes to sprawling country estates... Read More

Concerns growing over the delay in Housing Possession Claims

Tue 30 June 2020

The stay on housing possession claims, as a result of the COVID - 19  crisis, came into effect on the 26th March and was further extended, meaning that no cases will be heard by the courts until the 23rd August, at the earliest. Whilst the principle, when brought in is to be supported, the impact to landlords and agents could be significant and a Government co-ordinated strategy is required. Read More

Rental Demand Far Outstrips Supply

Wed 24 June 2020

Following the full reopening of the property letting market we have seen a huge demand for West Country property to rent. Read More

Eviction Ban Extended for Another 2 Months

Mon 8 June 2020

Late on Friday the Government announced an extension to the ban on evictions by another 2 months. This means that eviction hearings will not be heard in court until the end of August. The government stated that as a result no one will be evicted from their homes this summer due to Coronavirus. Read More

Lettings Selection: Fabulous Family Homes

Wed 3 June 2020

Stags brings you a selection of beautiful family homes available to rent across the West Country...all with fantastic space both inside and out. Read More

Easing into the ‘new’ normal

Wed 20 May 2020

As restrictions within the property market are relaxed and we ease out of the lockdown, the new ‘normal’ in the lettings sector is emerging. Read More

Lettings market post lockdown relaxation

Wed 13 May 2020

Now that the Government has announced the ability for the property market to ‘re-open’ we anticipate an initial surge of enquiries and activity. Over the past few month’s, we have been taking details of those interested in viewing properties, and now have a high volume of requests to fulfil. Read More

Tenants still confused over rental payments

Thu 7 May 2020

The full impact of the Coronavirus is yet to fully translate into the rental market. Read More

Rental market expected to bounce back quickly

Fri 1 May 2020

At the time of writing we are still in lockdown dealing with the full impact of the restrictions, anticipating and hoping of some relaxation within the next few weeks. Read More

The new ‘normal’ for a letting agent

Mon 27 April 2020

We are in the grips of a pandemic which has changed our lives at a speed that many of us would have never imagined. The way in which we all go about those everyday things which we now take for granted has changed; the way we ‘go to work’, do our shopping, exercise, socialise and communicate now looks very different. Read More

I need to perform repairs to my let property, but my tenant is self-isolating – what do I do?

Tue 21 April 2020

Anyone who is self-isolating is advised to avoid any visitors to their home. This will affect a landlord’s ability to inspect properties or organise repairs and maintenance. Read More

My Gas safety is due to be renewed. What should I do?

Tue 14 April 2020

An annual gas safety certificate for any rental property is a legal requirement and as such are classified as essential works and should be carried out where possible Read More

Can I use my deposit to pay the rent?

Thu 2 April 2020

“I am a tenant and don’t want to leave my tenancy but can’t pay overdue rent or any of this month’s rent. Can I use my deposit to pay it?” Read More

Changes to MEES Regulations for Landlords, despite Coronavirus

Tue 31 March 2020

Without exception we are all experiencing unprecedented times as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic which is affecting all of our daily lives.  Read More

English Housing Survey confirms the importance of the Private Rented Sector

Wed 26 February 2020

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) is playing an increasingly important role in providing housing within England, confirms the recent English Housing Survey. Read More

Government policy for rented housing is failing

Thu 20 February 2020

The government policy for rented housing is failing, according to a string of data released by a number of organisations and letting bodies, discusses Andrew Luxton, partner in charge of Stags Lettings department. Read More

Government to make it easier for tenants to have pets

Mon 20 January 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that he is planning to amend the Government’s model contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. Read More

Five of our favourite rental properties

Thu 17 October 2019

On the hunt for a property to rent in the South West? We've chosen our top five rental properties currently on the market across the West Country. Read More

A sell-out for the Mid Devon landlord networking event

Mon 7 October 2019

Stags was delighted to attend the third Mid Devon District Council landlord networking event at the Hartnoll Hotel on Wednesday 2 October. Read More

Rents rise following Tenant Fees Act

Fri 5 July 2019

The latest ARLA private rented sector report reveals that rents are rising quickly following the recent Tenant Fees Act. Read More

Tenancy deposits: how to avoid disputes

Thu 13 June 2019

Claire Pile MARLA outlines the importance of tenancy inventories and written records when letting a property.  Read More

Another successful networking event for landlords

Thu 23 May 2019

Stags was delighted to attend the recent Exeter City Council’s Landlord Networking event held at The Forum, Exeter University. Read More

Tenant deposits: what all landlords should know

Thu 2 May 2019

Claire Pile MARLA outlines the key points all landlords should be aware of when handling tenants’ deposits. Read More

Why use an ARLA Propertymark protected agent?

Thu 4 April 2019

Stags Residential Lettings department is proud to be a member of ARLA and therefore able to offer our landlords and tenants the added protection this affords. Read More

Stags congratulates newest ARLA member

Mon 1 April 2019

Tara Drewett of Stags Launceston is now a member of ARLA. Read More

Recommend a landlord to Stags and receive a £50 M&S gift card

Mon 1 April 2019

Do you know an excellent landlord you'd like to recommend? Here's how you can get your hands on a £50 M&S gift card! Read More

Tenants insurance: we’ve got it covered, have you?

Fri 15 March 2019

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department reports on the number of renters still failing to take out tenants insurance and highlights the associated risks. Read More

Rental properties set to have electrical safety checks

Thu 14 March 2019

Privately-rented accommodation will be checked for electrical safety in a Government initiative. Read More

Growing number of 35 to 54-year-olds now in private rented accommodation

Mon 11 February 2019

Andrew Luxton of Stags Lettings discusses the results of a recent survey. Read More

Seven top renting tips for tenants

Wed 16 January 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned renter or are renting for the first time, there are a few considerations you should take before signing on the dotted line. Read More

Stags lettings seminars to return in 2019

Thu 22 November 2018

This autumn, Stags held four successful lettings seminars in Taunton, Exeter, Totnes and Tavistock. Read More

Stags Lettings department launches new buy-to-let advice line

Wed 21 November 2018

Stags Lettings department has recently launched a dedicated buy-to-let advice line for those considering investing in a rental property in the West Country. Read More

The three biggest issues facing landlords today

Wed 21 November 2018

Following Exeter City Council’s Renting Minefield event, Claire Pile of Stags Lettings outlines the three biggest issues facing landlords today.  Read More

Government's rogue landlord database available to tenants

Thu 8 November 2018

The Government has recently given in to pressure and pledged to give all tenants access to the government’s new rogue landlord database. Read More

Everything you need to know before investing in a buy-to-let property

Wed 31 October 2018

Claire Pile of Stags Lettings department outlines everything you should know before investing in a buy-to-let property. Read More

Competition winner announced following landlord networking event in Devon

Wed 10 October 2018

Stags was delighted to attend the recent Mid Devon District Council’s Landlord Networking event held at Paschoe House, near Crediton. Read More

Enjoy six months free management when you instruct Stags in 2018

Wed 10 October 2018

Instruct Stags in 2018 and you will save an average of £600 by making the most of this exclusive promotion. Read More

Unlock your property's rental potential with Stags' lettings advice evenings

Mon 8 October 2018

This autumn Stags is joining South West accountants and business advisors to bring you three informative events about property letting. Read More

What you need to know before serving a Section 21 notice

Fri 28 September 2018

Are you a landlord who is considering issuing your tenants with a Section 21 notice? Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department outlines what you should know before you act. Read More

Are you prepared for upcoming HMO legislation changes?

Mon 24 September 2018

If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), make sure you're one step ahead of the upcoming HMO legislation changes. Read More

Proposed mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

Thu 20 September 2018

A comprehensive review of fire safety guidelines will begin this autumn, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire recently announced. Read More

Six top tips for finding the right tenant fast

Wed 5 September 2018

Need to fill your rental home quickly but don't want to compromise on the quality of your tenants? Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department offers her top tips for finding the right tenant fast. Read More

The Private Rented Sector continues to grow

Tue 28 August 2018

One in five of us live in the Private Rented Sector, according to the Government’s latest English Housing Survey. Read More

125 reasons landlords need to be in the know

Mon 13 August 2018

With well over 125 pieces of legislation now in place for the private rental sector, it is more important than ever to be well-informed when renting our letting a property. Read More

Autumn Letting Seminars 2018

Mon 13 August 2018

In the last two years Stags have undertaken a number of letting seminars throughout the South West primarily focusing on the current letting market, Buy To Let investment and held in conjunction with other professionals such as accountants and financial advisors. Read More

'Let your house for free' winner announced

Thu 30 November 2017

Following our summer of shows, during which we ran a competition to 'let your house for free', a lucky winner has been announced. Read More

Government finally issues guidance on MEES

Thu 26 October 2017

Andrew Luxton of Stags Residential Lettings Department discusses new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations. Read More

Landlords seminars

Thu 21 September 2017

Confused about how recent legislation changes might affect you? Have your questions answered at our upcoming landlords seminars across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Read More

Average tenancy length is now 20 months and increasing

Mon 18 September 2017

Andrew Luxton sheds light on tenant demand in the South West and further afield. Read More

Stags lettings manager Jenna Kerby passes ARLA exams

Fri 25 August 2017

Congratulations to Stags letting manager, Jenna Kerby, who has recently successfully passed her ARLA exams. Read More

Many landlords still confused about tenancy agreement changes

Tue 4 July 2017

Andrew Luxton of Stags Residential Lettings Department sheds light on new eviction notice legislations. Read More

Changes to EPC regulation

Mon 5 June 2017

Claire Pile from Stags lettings department outlines future EPC changes that landlords should be aware of. Read More

Top cleaning tips to help avoid issues at the end of the tenancy

Fri 2 June 2017

The most common cause of tenancy deposit disputes in private rented properties is cleaning - here's how to avoid it. Read More

Why pre-purchase advice is key to buy-to-let investments

Tue 30 May 2017

Following two well-attended Landlords Advice Evening in the Barnstaple and Okehampton Offices, we would encourage all prospective Buy-to-Let investors to seek advice first. Read More

Letting exam success in Stags Tiverton Office

Sun 23 April 2017

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, head of Stags Residential Lettings Department congratulates Gemma Webber in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management, and becoming a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Compulsory money protection for all letting agents on its way

Fri 7 April 2017

After two years of campaigning by ARLA the Government have just confirmed that they will be introducing compulsory money protection and it will become mandatory for all agents to offer this greater level of protection for landlords and tenants. Read More

New penalties for rogue landlords

Thu 23 March 2017

The Government have recently confirmed that new measures to crack down on rogue landlords will come into force on the 6th April 2017. The new measures include powers to prosecute and impose significant fines or issue civil notices with penalties of up to £30,000. Read More

Lettings exam success in Stags Honiton Office

Fri 3 February 2017

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, head of Stags Residential Lettings Department congratulates Kelly Hall in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting & Property Management and becoming a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Right to Rent Act producing results

Mon 16 January 2017

Brought in under the Immigration Act 2014, Right to Rent was introduced in February last year, it requires Landlords and Agents to check the immigration status of prospective occupiers before they allow them to move in. Read More

Qualification success in Stags Okehampton Letting Office

Mon 14 November 2016

Andrew Luxton, Head of Stags Residential Lettings congratulates Maria Craze in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management and becoming a Member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Landlords - Are you prepared for Right To Rent?

Wed 27 January 2016

The Governments new legislation comes into place on the 1st February 2016 and will require all landlords and agents in England to check a tenants immigration status or “right to rent” in the UK. A failure to prepare could leave landlords at serious financial risk, with potential fines of £3,000 if they do not comply. Read More

Buy To Let Update Success

Thu 5 November 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department is delighted to report on two highly successful Buy To Let seminars that took place recently in Exeter and Truro. Read More

A Buy To Let Update

Sun 4 October 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department are delighted to announce two forthcoming Buy To Let Updates that they are holding with partnering firms in Exeter and Truro. The events will be held on Thursday, 22nd October 2015 at The Devon Hotel, Exeter and Wednesday, 28th October 2015 at The Alverton Hotel, Truro. Read More

Green Deal is finished What next for Landlords?

Sun 2 August 2015

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department confirms that on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, Amber Rudd, announced the end of funding to the green deal finance company effectively ending the green deal. Read More

One in four households privately renting by 2025

Mon 27 July 2015

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department comments on a recent report from PwC Business Consultancy which states that one in four households in the UK will be privately renting by 2025. Read More

A thirst for Buy To Let investment

Tue 31 March 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department are delighted to report on two highly successful Buy To Let seminars that took place recently in Cornwall at Lifton and Truro. Read More

Pension changes could lead to a rise in "Silver Landlords"

Fri 20 March 2015

Andrew Luxton, Partner in charge of Stags residential Lettings Department feels that recent changes to pension rules could lead to a significant increase in the number of retiree landlords investing in the private rented sector. Read More

Stags support the ARLA housing manifesto

Tue 10 March 2015

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in Charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department welcomes the recent publication of the ARLA and NAEA Housing Manifesto for 2015. Read More

Rise in Private Rented Sector

Tue 3 March 2015

The recent English Housing Survey results for 2013/14, have just been released, confirming a further considerable rise in the private rented sector in England. Read More

Learn all about Buy to Let

Tue 17 February 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department are delighted to announce two forthcoming Buy To Let Seminars that they are holding with partnering firms. The events will be held on Tuesday, 17th March at Lifton Farm Shop and Wednesday, 24th March at Epiphany House in Truro. Read More

Recent survey confirms no need for rent controls

Thu 29 January 2015

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department points towards a recent residential landlord’s association press release confirming that private sector rents are actually falling in real terms. Read More

22 billion invested in Buy to Let over past year

Wed 14 January 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department confirms that a recent National Landlords Association report has shown that just under 22 billion has been invested in the UK’s Buy to Let sector in the past 12 months. Read More

Lettings regulations

Thu 8 January 2015

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department confirms that a recent survey has shown that many new landlords are unaware of basic legal, health and safety regulations that relate to letting property. Read More

Empty property with winter approaching?

Thu 11 December 2014

With the prime selling season now past and winter fast approaching, many owners are faced with decisions as to how to deal with a property that could be empty for several months. Read More

Stags support better letting agent regulation

Thu 11 December 2014

Stags Residential Lettings Department supports the latest ARLA call for better regulations of letting agents when it comes to tenant fees. Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner states said, “that whilst fees are necessary, a minority of agencies are over-charging. Read More

Buy to Let Seminar Success

Thu 11 December 2014

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Partner in charge of Stags Residential Lettings Department, confirms that the two recent seminars which followed another held in Exeter, confirm the appetite for more information from both those existing Buy To Let investors and those contemplating an investment for the first time. Entitled “Let us help you through the Buy To Let maze”, it was an invitation to all those interested either as existing or new Buy to Let investors to come along and learn about the current market, receive advice and hear from various speakers Read More

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