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14 July 2020 at 00:00

As the country emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, property owners are now in need of live-in property guardians more than ever. With many pubs, offices and other businesses unfortunately having to close their doors due to the virus, this means there are many city properties left vacant and at risk of squatters or vandals. This is where Live-in Guardians can help: by becoming a guardian, you can help to keep properties lived-in and looked-after. But what is a property guardian? We’ve compiled a checklist covering all the basics to get you started:

What do you need to become a property guardian?

Firstly, in order to be considered eligible for property guardianship with Live-in Guardians, there are a few things you’ll need:

  • To be in full-time employment
  • To be aged 21 or over
  • To not be bankrupt
  • To have access to your own mobile phone and email address
  • To have a good track record of being dependable and reliable
  • Non-EU nationals require a visa/residence permit


All of the above ensures that you’re the ideal sort of person to be a vacant property guardian; our guardians need to be the sort of person our property owners can rely on to keep their property protected and preserved. To apply for our guardian housing scheme you will also need to provide:

  • Photo ID such as a passport
  • A reference from your employer
  • A character reference from someone who is not a family member or existing property guardian, and has known you for at least 3 years
  • Proof of your last 3 months of income
  • Proof of your current address
  • Self-employed people or people who are in flexible or zero hours contracts or working on temporary assignments will require a Guarantor. The Guarantor will be required to sign a Deed of Guarantee and provide their last three months of bank statements or payslips showing sufficient income and their ID.


If you fulfil all of the above official and technical requirements, you could be the perfect candidate to become a live-in property guardian. There are still a lot of misconceptions out there about what a guardian does and doesn’t do, so if you’re still not sure that being a guardian is right for you, here’s a few more Dos and Don’ts that every potential guardian should know.

Guardians DO:

  • Protect properties from potential threats and intruders, preventing criminals, squatters or vandals from targeting the property
  • Keep properties clean and tidy, as you would with any other living space
  • Alert Live-in Guardians as soon as possible if there are any problems with the property, big or small. This can be anything from potential threats to maintenance issues like leaks or damp
  • Benefit from living with a variety of people at a fraction of ordinary rent costs

Guardians DO NOT:

  • Live in unsafe conditions – Live-in Guardians are guardian property specialists, and all properties under our property protection service are outfitted with all mod-cons to ensure that properties are not just safe, but really liveable. Check out our [instagram] and see for yourself!
  • Have to deal with dangerous situations – All of our guardians are given emergency contacts and we never ask our guardians to put themselves in the way of potential danger or harm.
  • Have to pay expensive Central London rent – saving money on living costs helps our guardians to truly get the most out of city living.

Need more information?

Watch our new Guardian welcome video.

Do you think you could tick all of these boxes? If you feel like you could benefit from guardianship and provide important property protection services to property owners, get in touch to find out more about how to become a Live-in Guardian.

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