Health workers and Government staff can get discounted short-term stays near their workplace on a new online platform designed to support their fight against COVID-19.

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA) has replaced its NHS Homes initiative with trustedstays.co.uk, a website for Government and NHS to book discounted accommodation for staff.

At least 1,000 properties in London, Manchester and Edinburgh are now available for bookings through its 11 different short-term rental partners, with a national roll-out planned for later this month.

The STAA’s initial NHS Homes scheme, which launched in March, involved more than 30 property companies donating accommodation worth more than £20m, providing 10,000 nights’ free accommodation.

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Chair Merilee Karr (left) says it illustrated that the authorities needed continued support, particularly as the scheme saw a spike in demand in recent weeks as infection rates have risen.

“This offer isn’t just confined to NHS workers,” says Karr.

“We can also support the Government to accommodate people who need to shelter from COVID-19 for health reasons and for other key workers such as MPs, who have to be at their place of work, need flexible accommodation and prefer to stay in a professionally managed home setting.

“By staying in safe and clean accommodation, key workers won’t have the worry of a daily commute on public transport and will be able to protect vulnerable family members by staying in a separate, self-contained property.”

TrustedStays is only open to STAA members who have accreditation from Quality in Tourism’s Safe, Clean and Legal scheme, while all member companies follow the single set of industry cleaning and safety protocols introduced in June.

Read more about landlord initiatives to offer frontline staff accommodation.

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