Crystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha and business partner Obi Williams have called on ASAP’s members, property owners and landlords to open the doors of any unfilled and empty properties to NHS staff battling the coronavirus outbreak in London.

Zaha has already offered and filled 50 apartments owned by his own business accommodation company ZoProperties, after housing an NHS anaesthetist from the Royal London Hospital who is now recovering and will shortly return to work.

He is now calling on more landlords and property companies on board to help, including asking the Association for Serviced Apartment Providers to help, saying: “We need properties right now.”

James Foice, ASAP CEO, agrees that serviced apartments operated by his accredited Members and Agents offer a perfect solution for NHS staff.

“Frontline NHS staff will appreciate the extra space serviced apartments offer, especially as they come with fully-fitted kitchens with washing machines, meaning exhausted staff don’t have too expose themselves to even more potential danger from the virus by going out in public to eat.

“Furthermore, they offer room for family members and co-workers if necessary to share the space, which of course comes professionally cleaned and managed.

“We are in discussions already with the NHS about our Members providing accommodation in various locations close to hospitals, and indeed one of our Members is already providing accommodation to all NHS staff across its ten location UK-wide.

“ASAP Members accept this challenge and are here to help, whether that’s the NHS, other key workers, or anyone displaced across the country who is forced to make apartments their temporary, primary residence.”