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Why should I use Live-in Guardians opposed to a traditional security option?

Using Live-in Guardians is the most cost effective and hassle free way to protect your building as a property owner. You could save as much as 100% compared to traditional 24 hour security guards and up to 50% compared to boarding up, which simply alerts the public to the fact that the building is unoccupied.

What kind of buildings are suitable?

Virtually any building is suitable, provided it is windproof and watertight and has a supply of electricity and cold water. We can fit temporary bathroom & kitchen facilities, which can be removed prior to the building being handed back to you.

Do I need “change of use” permission to use Live-in Guardians?

No, the primary use of the building remains the same. The fact that it is temporarily not being used in the same way is not relevant.

Will I still have to pay empty rates on my building?

In most cases we will be able to substantially reduce your empty rates liability.

Can Guardians obtain Tenancy rights?

No. Our legal structure ensures Guardians do not acquire any Tenancy rights. We enjoy an on-going relationship with our Guardians, almost all of whom we relocate to other properties once a property is handed back.

Do you charge a weekly management fee?

No. Unlike most of our competitors we do not charge a weekly management fee.

How do you manage the property/the Guardians?

We carry out regular (surprise) inspections to ensure your property is being well maintained and the Guardians are complying with the various rules and regulations. We will also send you a report setting out the findings of our inspections.

What if I need my property back?

Your property can be returned to you at relatively short notice, in a secure, clean and tidy condition.

Who do you recruit to place in my property?

We recruit carefully vetted individuals, in full time employment, typically aged from 25-45, to ensure that reliable, security conscious and socially responsible people, legally occupy your property.

Can I still have access to my building?

Yes. Our Guardians enter into a Licence Agreement, which allows access to you and Live-in Guardians Limited at all times. However, we do ask for 24 hours notice for third party access.

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