UnderTheDoormat, which provides short-let properties in London, is opening up its homes to doctors and nurses for free as they care for people with Covid-19.
It has joined forces with Laundryheap, an on-demand dry cleaning service, on the initiative to provide properties with fresh linen and towels.
UnderTheDoormat, which has a supply of 300 homes across London, has seen short let bookings plummet due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has decided to allow NHS staff and Key Workers to live in properties near hospitals that might otherwise sit empty over this period.
UnderTheDoormat CEO, Merilee Karr, commented: “Many of the thousands of Key Workers across London are staying in temporary accommodation and funding this from their own pockets.
“As a business, our mission is to utilise empty homes across London and, whilst many of our paying guests are unable to book with us because of the travel restrictions, we want to make sure that these empty homes are put to good use and what better way to do that than to invite Key Workers who are supporting our capital city through this crisis, to use them.”
Karr added: “My own family members in the US are healthcare workers so I know first-hand how important their work is in this crisis. Key Workers are essential for all of us and are going above and beyond on a daily basis. We hope that, by offering them the chance to stay in a centrally located London home, it will allow them to stay in a safe place close to their place of work. We also plan to ensure we give them the UnderTheDoormat service – including quality linens and towels - so they can come home to comfort at the end of a long day.”
Laundryheap CEO, Deyan Dimitrov, agrees that Key Workers currently need support “more than ever”
DImitrov said: “We hope that our services to provide freshly laundered linens and towels can help ease some of the strain during this difficult period.
“Our on-demand services operate door-to-door and are contactless, meaning guests can rest assured that their laundry has been taken care of using methods tailored to kill viruses and other harmful germs.”