Deal between City Hall and Grainger would be a major step forward in securing apartments for front-line staff who need somewhere to self-isolate in between shifts.

One of the UK’s largest build-to-rent operators and private landlords, Grainger, has confirmed it is in secret talks with the Mayor of London to offer empty properties within its 1,800 strong London property portfolio to front-line staff tackling the Coronavirus crisis.

It has properties available to rent at 12 locations within the UK including in London at mostly central developments such as in Barking and Canning Town.

LandlordZONE understands that the spare capacity will be offered to NHS staff who are seeking alternative accommodation to avoid living with their own families or co-residents if they’re living in shared accommodation.

Grainger, like other build to rent operators, has suspended face-to-face viewings at its residential sites but is keeping concierges open to serve existing tenants and manage properties, but not allowing direct meetings with residents.

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“As a responsible landlord, Grainger is doing everything it can to mitigate the risk of coronavirus for our residents. As a business, we are constantly monitoring the situation and we are following the official Government and NHS guidance,” it says.

Grainger has £1.52 billion residential portfolio in the UK of build-to-rent properties and plans to build a further 1,000 properties under construction and due to be completed this year via a £1 billion projected spend.

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