Commercial landlord offers free accommodation to key workers

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A Teesside commercial landlord has offered up free accommodate to key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

ESA Europe, which provides serviced apartments for workers coming into the region, found themselves with empty accommodation after the coronavirus outbreak and wanted to use the resource to help where possible.

Owner Katrina Rosser set aside 50% of their portfolio to be used free of charge by frontline NHS staff, during lockdown.

“Our model lends itself to the lockdown situation. As self-contained apartments, we were able to continue to operate and provide much needed accommodation to key workers,” explained Katrina.

“We found that we had empty properties as some guests had gone home where they were able.

“At the same time, we were hearing of NHS workers that were working in difficult conditions and concerned about returning home to their families.”

One couple who are taking advantage of this are key worker Josh Dennison and his partner Anna McLeary, who is a nurse on a Covid-19 Ward.

Josh said: “During the pandemic me and Anna wanted to do what we could to help, but there is obviously a concern when returning home to family.

“We live with Anna’s parents and her father has underlying health issues which would have meant we couldn’t work and return home.

“This opportunity has allowed us to support the effort whilst having the peace of mind that we were not unnecessarily exposing family members to the virus.”

ESA, meanwhile, has adopted measures and is following government guidance to ensure the safety of all their guests.

Katrina added: “We have updated our processes which include a minimum of 36 hours between any guests stays. During that time, we are following deep cleaning protocols with anti-virus products.

“Our housekeeping service, which guests can opt out of if required, is carried out by our team who are all being temperature checked and provided with sufficient PPE.”