Generous man living near hospital moves out so NHS nurses can stay to fight coronavirus

And the financial planner is even kindly covering the cost of utility bills for as long as the two nurses need to stay there.

Jonny said: “I have just gone on the three-month mortgage holiday that the government announced this week, so I knew I wouldn’t have too many outgoings other than utilities.

“I had heard about a lot of landlords and landladies concerned about renting to doctors and nurses during this time, or doctors and nurses having to self-isolate from their families in a garage.

“It’s a stressful enough time for them as it is. I wanted to offer my house for the length of the lockdown, to make it easier.”

Jonny posted a message on his Facebook page just over a week ago, writing: “In anticipation of the lockdown I’ve moved home to stay with my parents.

“I’ve seen news reports over the past few days of doctors and nurses dealing with suspected Covid-19 patients having to self-isolate from their family, especially in cases where there is a high-risk member in their household.

“A number of these doctors have had to stay in their garage or a separate section of the house for fear of infecting their loved ones.

“If anyone knows of anyone in this situation, that would like a place to stay, I’m offering out my flat free of charge to a medic that needs it for the duration of the lockdown.”

And he said he received “hundreds” of messages about his post – and eventually offered the house on a first come, first served basis.

He said: “I didn’t want to start making value judgements about whose job is more important than others.

“In the end, I just messaged a few of the first people who got in touch.

“There’s two nurses in there at the moment. For both of them it’s their first time moving away from their families – which is a stressful time anyway.”

And Jonny added: “I’m not really worried about nurses being in there who could have been exposed to the virus.

“I know it can live on furniture and surfaces for a while. But I’m not planning on going back there during the lockdown anyway.

“When they’re ready to leave, I can just ask them to lock up for me, and then I can move back in a few days later.”

Jonny bought his home in Horfield five years ago, aged 20.

Using a help-to-buy scheme, he put down a £60,000 deposit.

He estimated if he was renting it out under ‘normal’ circumstances, it would probably be worth £1,000 a month, including bills.

But he said: “I’m now trying to speak to other buy to let landlords in the Horfield area, to encourage them to do the same thing I’m doing for NHS staff.

“I imagine there are a lot of landlords at the moment who might struggle to get people to put down a rental deposit, in the current climate.

“I have left my Facebook post active in the hope that it will encourage other people to do the same.”

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