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Coronavirus: Generous landlord offers rent reduction for NHS staff

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A kind-hearted landlord is prepared to offer a considerable rent reduction for her two bedroom flat in Weybridge, Surrey, for doctors or nurses who work in the NHS.

Sally-Anne Evans, who is an “accidental” landlord, has contacted the hospital trust close to the property to reach out to any nurses or doctors who need help with accommodation and would be interested in living at the property.

Landlord Sally-Anne Evans

Government guidance relating to self-isolation means that NHS staff may find it necessary to isolate themselves from their own families where they have a vulnerable family member who is being shielded, or possibly relocate to work in different hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sally-Anne’s flat is just a ten minute drive away from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a district general hospital working across two sites in Surrey: St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and Ashford Hospital in Ashford.

Sally-Anne said: “I live in Solihull myself and my son and I rushed to the flat in Weybridge on Sunday to complete the decorating we had been doing before restrictions on movement were introduced.  We were at the property for a long time, ironing out any snagging that needed to be sorted out so the property is ready to be occupied.”

“The news headlines are full of stories about doctors and nurses who are giving so much to us and rather than let the flat at the market rent I decided to do some good.  Having to live away from their families or relocate to work in different hospitals is a huge sacrifice they are making for the general public. Offering my property to a nurse or doctor on the front line seems like a no-brainer”.

On Monday, Sally-Anne phoned the local NHS Trust HR department to start the process of finding a tenant.

 “I don’t think nurses are paid well and NHS staff are putting themselves out for other people especially during the coronavirus pandemic.  I couldn’t possibly charge market rent, so I have decided to offer a generous rent reduction, the same as the social housing rent level”.

Sally-Anne said she hopes what she is doing will go on to inspire other landlords, particularly those with empty properties in close proximity to hospitals, to do something similar for doctors and nurses on the frontline.

  • For the last few weeks landlords and tenants have been taking to social media to share the things they are doing to go the extra mile for their tenants at this difficult time.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

1 Comment

  • Victoria
    Good Morning and hope all is well during thid difficuly times for all of us.

    In midst of the Corona Virus outbreak the Government has announced the decision that no landlord will be able to evict a tenant for 3 months if they are unable to pay the rent. I appreciate the measure taken and in the interest of our client (the tenant) we would not envisage evicting them.

    I am also aware that the Chancellor is suggesting that the landlords in turm as the lender (Bank / B. Soc) to see what we could get help from them / Repayment Holidays etc.

    My question is ; What if the lanlord has no mortgage AND relying on the rental income as his/her main source of income. My main income is rental income from two properties and a small mortgage. Net after interest, Insurances is say £1200 pm. & if I am relying on rental income as the main one, What help can I get from the Govt.

    Knowing that I would not be eligible to Universal creditdue to value of properties appx say £200k .

    I would be gtateful if you could please let me know what can be done and who to approach.

    Will appreciate if could send me a direct email with repsponse./ guidelines

    Many Thanks once again and Stay Safe !

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