A buy to let landlord has offered to lower the rent of his Wycombe property for a tenant working for the NHS.
The landlord, who asked not to be named, has decided to cut the rent to £650 a month and cap it at this rate as a guarantee against future rent rises for a tenant who works on the front line at the NHS. The decision appears to be in reaction to the ‘kindness and professionalism’ shown to his mother when she was taken ill and rushed to Hillingdon Hospital.
The landlord explained to the Bucks Free Press: ‘My wife went with her and stayed with her for four days and four nights. She was overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff. These people are unsung heroes. Knowing how their salaries have been frozen we talked about what we could do to help. We’re doing this as much as anything as a statement to tell those at the lower end of the pay scale in the emergency services how much their work is appreciated by the public. Rather than make a donation to charity my wife and I decided to reduce the rent of our house near the hospital in Wycombe to ease the financial strain for someone who works there.’
He continued: ‘I’ve pledged not to lower the price for the first 12 months, then put it up to the going rate when the lease comes up for renewal in a year’s time. That wouldn’t be fair. It will be capped at the present rent. We hope it might inspire others to do something to help alleviate the everyday cost of living for those who have had their salaries capped.’
The property, which is located just 15 minutes walk from NHS Wycombe Hospital, was previously let for just over £750 per month. It is currently on the books of JNP letting department at £725 a month.
The landlord continued: ‘I don’t want personal publicity. I’m doing it as a gesture of support and gratitude for low paid workers in a profession we all depend on whose salaries in real terms haven’t kept pace with inflation.’
Letting manager at JNP, Ben Stokes, commented: ‘As someone who also has experienced kindness and professionalism shown when it’s most needed, what lovely thing, a gesture of appreciation of direct benefit to the people on the front line making a difference.’