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How locum tenens housing works.

Once you have arrived safely at your destination, our team’s top priority is to make sure you have a safe and comfortable place to stay. All the members of our housing team are veterans with deep experience providing accommodation for thousands of providers each year. Whether your assignment is for just a weekend or several months, we’ll do our best to make sure the place you stay feels like a home away from home.

Weatherby pays for the reasonable cost of room and tax for the duration of your assignment. In some cases, if you would like a larger or premium unit, more furnishings, or a pet-friendly property, you may be responsible for the added costs. In addition, you’ll be responsible for the cost of incidentals like movie rentals, room service, or other amenities that are not included in the room rate. When checking into a hotel, you’ll need to provide a credit card to cover any expenses charged to the room.

If you prefer to book your housing, Weatherby will reimburse you for the reasonable costs of housing as defined by the assignment contact. Housing expenses should be submitted to your assignment coordinator within 14 days of completing your assignment.

As a 1099 contract employee, some of your travel-related expenses may be tax deductible. Consult with a tax advisor to determine how travel expenses may apply to your tax situation.

At Weatherby, your preferences lie at the core of our philosophy. Upon accepting an assignment, our dedicated coordinators delve into your preferences, covering aspects like location, proximity to downtown or the assignment, room preferences, bedding, office needs, and mobility considerations. We aim to prioritize your must-haves, and when possible, we want to provide your nice-to-haves and other amenities such as washers and dryers, community gyms or fitness rooms, swimming pools, and clubhouses.

In addition to that, when embarking on a locum tenens assignment, several important factors guide our housing selection process such as:

  • The assignment's duration

  • Availability of healthcare facility housing

  • Availability of accommodations in market accommodations

  • Significance of proximity based on your specialty, such as OB/GYN with on-call responsibilities

Our consultants work hard to get to know you personally so we can understand what accommodations will make you most comfortable and anticipate your needs. While we will always do our best to match your preferences, market conditions and availability can sometimes limit our options.

We’re happy to book you in your preferred locations whenever possible. Just let us know your preferences and provide us with your reward account numbers. We’ll add them to any applicable reservation.

Although individual preferences can vary, we are always striving for a location where a professional with high-quality standards would want to stay.

  • We favor properties that we’ve already used for other assignments and the provider reported a positive stay

  • When looking at new properties, we take into consideration reviews left by past guests on third-party review sites

  • We won’t use a property again if there were problems during a past assignment

As part of our selection process, the Weatherby team makes every effort to ensure the location is in a safe area, including reviewing:

  • Recommendations from the healthcare facility

  • Online review sites

  • Other publicly available data

For long-term stays where you’ll be accommodated in an apartment or other rental, we encourage you to visit the location before you move in. Our team can accommodate you in a hotel for a few days until you’ve had a chance to visit. This provides you the opportunity to evaluate a location for quality, comfort, and safety before we close on the lease. Discuss this option with your consultant to make the necessary arrangements.

Depending on the length and type of your assignment, you may be housed in one of the following:


  • Typically used for assignments of less than a week.

  • Consists of a one-bedroom, one-bath standard room.

Extended-stay hotel

  • Used for assignments of more than one week and up to 30 days.

  • Usually includes a suite or larger room with a kitchenette.


  • Leased when an assignment extends longer than 30 days.

  • Typically includes one bedroom and one bath. Furnished with one TV and one bedroom set.

  • For furnished apartments, Weatherby offers an executive package from our trusted rental vendor. Larger apartments with additional furnishings are available as an upgrade.

Vacation rental (e.g., Airbnb)

  • May be used for short or longer assignments where there are fewer traditional options available.

  • Not the preferred alternative because of less flexibility and fewer protections.

Healthcare facility-owned housing

  • Some healthcare facilities offer their own housing for locum tenens providers.

Many of our providers bring their families with them, either for a working vacation or an extension of their stay after the assignment. Just make sure we know upfront so that we can arrange for suitable housing that will accommodate your whole family.

We also understand that pets are very important, and we can arrange for the accommodation of nearly every type of animal. However, depending on the type and breed, it may be more difficult to find accommodations that will accept your pet.

We will do our best to work with your housing location, airline, and car rental company to ensure your pet(s) will be accepted while you are on assignment.

All pet-related costs are your responsibility and, if the cost of housing to accommodate your additional family members exceeds the housing budget for your assignment, you may be required to pay the difference.

If you are having trouble with your housing and are unable to address it with the on-site manager, notify your Weatherby consultant and provide as many details as possible. If you have complained to the manager, document who you spoke to, when, and what the outcome was. We’ll work with them to rectify the situation.

For urgent after-hours needs, Weatherby is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help. Call  888.312.7249  for assistance.

If we learn of a disaster or incident in your area, your consultant will immediately reach out to determine if you have any needs and are safe and comfortable in your location.

Our relationships with hotel chains and housing managers give us access to resources that can help in an emergency. We can even work with “sold out” hotels and often find accommodation for our providers.

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