When Covid-19 hit, landlord ESA Europe found itself with empty accommodation so decided to do its bit for the NHS effort.
Its 27 corporate serviced apartments in Middlesbrough, Yarm and Hartlepool usually house workers who travel to the region for work, but ESA Europe owner Katrina Rosser (above, left) tells LandlordZONE that when she heard about those in the healthcare sector struggling to work and concerned for their own family’s safety, she wanted to offer them a free place to stay.
Katrina and her team set aside half the self-contained apartments to be used by frontline NHS staff during lockdown.
One couple who are taking advantage of this are keyworker Josh Dennison and his partner Anna McLeary (pictured), who’s a nurse on a Covid-19 ward.
Josh says: “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 while having the peace of mind that we weren’t unnecessarily exposing family members to the virus.”
ESA Europe has kept its guests safe by making sure there’s a minimum of 36 hours between each stay.
Says Katrina: “We’re also following deep cleaning protocols with anti-virus products, and our housekeeping service is carried out by our team who are all being temperature checked and provided with sufficient PPE.”
Some keyworkers stayed for weeks, others for months, but most are now in the process of moving back home. She adds: “I feel proud that we were able to help and also that we’ve continued to stay open for our clients who needed essential workers to be accommodated.”