How to become a Property Guardian
29 November 2018 at 00:00
Fully employed, trustworthy, and looking for accommodation? If you find yourself wanting to live in a certain area at a lower cost, you might consider becoming a property guardian.
With unpredictable inoccupancy occurring throughout the country, the threat for common vacant property crimes like squatting and vandalism increases. By living in an empty space, you help to stop that crime from happening, or at least frighten them off when they think about it. Not to worry, though, every guardian has access to security numbers, so both the property owner and the guardian can continue with their day-to-day lives worry-free.
Becoming a guardian has its perks for both the property owner and the designated guardian who lives inside their empty space.
So, what is a property guardian? Within the UK, and especially within London, there are a number of properties available with unoccupied spaces that could be lived in by another person. These property guardians, usually young people, agree to temporarily live in a building for a fraction of the usual cost. The property guardian lives in the space full-time and protects and preserves the building, reporting any structural or criminal threats during this time. The guardian becomes partially responsible for the property’s status and because they’re hand-picked, this guarantees that the client’s property is in good and trusted hands. There are no expectations for the guardian to endanger themselves or provide security on-site, however, just to occupy the space.
The guardian has the opportunity to make themselves at home in a preferred location of their choice, if there are vacant properties available in that specified area.
The property guardians service throughout the UK has already saved many young people thousands of pounds simply by becoming a guardian and kept many otherwise vacant buildings inhabited and preserved. The accessibility for workers, and young professionals has provided affordable and convenient living arrangements, even for groups of more than one person.
Becoming a property guardian could be right for you if you’re seeking temporary living within a certain location. Whether you need an immediate space for yourself or can’t quite afford to buy your own property, applying to become a guardian could be the perfect step towards independence, convenient for easy commuting to work - whatever your personal situation and circumstances are, there may be a vacant property suited for you.
Interested in becoming a property guardian? If you’re over 21, employed full time, reliable and find yourself interested in becoming a trusted guardian of an otherwise unoccupied space, get in touch with Live-in Guardians on 020 3195 3535, or apply here.
If you’re successful, it would be worth putting these important documents aside: proof of ID, 3 months of up-to-date bank statements or payslips, a valid proof of address, as well as employment and personal references. Because guardians have a responsibility to keep an eye on a client’s property, not everyone who applies to become a guardian will be chosen. Additionally, there may not be any immediate properties in your preferred locations. You can apply online and fill out an application form to become a guardian with us, where you’ll have to answer various questions about your current situation and your preferences. After this, please bear with us as we go through your application and get back to you.