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What is a Property Guardian?

30 March 2022

Property Guardianship is a modern solution to protecting empty buildings, which is consistently growing in popularity. By becoming a property Guardian, people can live in exciting buildings in the heart of London or Manchester, whist sharing accommodation with other like-minded young professionals. This opportunity is available, all without having to pay the sky-high rental costs that are typical of traditional rentals in the same area. But what exactly is a property guardian?

A property Guardian offers protection by occupation to owners of commercial properties that are currently sitting vacant. Empty buildings like hotels, pubs, and offices are susceptible to a range of risks, including maintenance problems and squatters. By keeping these properties safely and legally occupied at all times, property owners get peace of mind, and the Guardians living in the property are given comfortable and affordable accommodation in the city.

Property Guardians are:

  • Young professionals and key workers in need of an affordable living solution. Living in desirable London zones can be inaccessibly expensive for young people, but our Property Guardian scheme offers comfortable and spacious rental properties with amenities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional rented property. All Guardians must do is live in the property to deter potential intruders with their presence, whilst keeping the building clean and reporting maintenance issues to us.

  • Reliable and dependable. Guardians are stewards of their property, helping to keep it safe and looked after while it isn't in use for its intended purpose. We need people who understand the Guardianship model and want to help us protect commercial properties and be a great Guardian. As part of our application process, we will ask to see bank statements and character references and ask you why you think you would make a great Guardian.
  • Team players. Our property Guardians in London and Manchester become part of our Guardian community when they join and live in shared accommodation. Many of our Guardians work in creative industries and enjoy living and working in a collaborative environment. If you like the idea of living in unique converted properties within a like-minded creative community, becoming a Guardian could be ideal for you!

Property Guardians are not:

  • Security guards. Guardians are not expected to deal with potential threats or put themselves in confrontational situations. If issues arise, or criminal activity is suspected, Guardians can report the problem to our dedicated team straight away. We will then deal with the problem quickly and professionally. These instances are very rare and being a Guardian is a safe and legal living solution. Additionally, if there are any maintenance problems such as leaks or electrical issues, our in-house maintenance team is on hand to rapidly conduct remedial works.

A Live-in Property Guardian is a dedicated and reliable individual, either a young professional or a key worker, who enjoys being part of a community. If this sounds like you, fill out our application form today! We are seeking dependable and enthusiastic Guardians across London and Manchester, with properties available in popular locations such as London travel zones 1 and 2. Get in touch and let us know why you should be a Guardian, and we will be in touch as soon as suitable properties are available.

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