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Live-in Guardians 08/07/2021

How can I mitigate my vacant office's business rates?

Paying business rates on your office premises is one of the biggest expenses business owners face, but it can be an especially frustrating outgoing if your office building is not currently in use. With the covid-19 pandemic resulting in many people having to work from home, a lot of offices are now sitting unused and vacant.


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Live-in Guardians 01/07/2021

2021 Business rates on empty properties

No landlord or property owner wants to pay business rates on a property that is sitting empty. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have closed their doors through no fault of the business itself. Businesses across every sector have lost out on important revenue throughout the pandemic, and having to pay business rates on top of this has resulted in huge losses and difficulties.


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Live-in Guardians 24/06/2021

Simple ways to secure vacant properties

Protecting and monitoring an empty property is difficult, and the impact of Covid-19 has made this even harder. With property owners having limited access to their empty buildings, it puts the building at higher risk. Empty buildings are targets for squatters, vandals and thieves, breaking in to occupy and deface the property and steal any valuable equipment left behind.


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Live-in Guardians 12/05/2021

How to protect your empty hotel with property guardians

Many hotels have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, having to close their doors temporarily, or permanently in many cases. Some have even repurposed themselves to house key workers and provide support throughout the crisis. An empty hotel presents many problems, including extensive upkeep and maintenance costs.


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Live-in Guardians 08/03/2021

How will guardians protect my empty building in Manchester

Owning an empty commercial building comes with many issues, such as upkeep costs, empty property charges and security concerns. More than ever, property owners in Manchester are facing the problems of managing an empty property due to the struggles caused by covid-19. Property guardians are a modern solution to securing and protecting an empty property, but if you’re new to the concept you might be sceptical. So what do guardians actually do and how do they keep your empty building safe?


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Live-in Guardians 03/02/2021

The rise of squatters in Manchester during the pandemic

Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic has seen many businesses in Manchester closing their doors either temporarily or for good. This has left the city with an unusually high number of empty and unoccupied commercial properties such as office buildings and pubs that have become easy targets for squatters and other criminals.


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Live-in Guardians 27/01/2021

How to keep a property empty in Manchester

It is an unfortunate reality for commercial property owners that at some point, the property may not be used for it’s intended purpose for a period of time, leaving owners with an empty property. For property owners in Manchester, this can be a daunting prospect as empty properties can be an inviting target for vandals, squatters and other criminals.


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Live-in Guardians 27/11/2020

Property guardians: Bafta-winning documentary maker says cheaper rent helps him live a creative life in London

Edward Watts won a Bafta for his documentary For Sama while living in a derelict church — but the scheme's not for everyone.


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Live-in Guardians 13/11/2020

Is it worth becoming a property guardian in London?

London is one of the most popular cities in the UK for young professionals, but it also comes with a high cost of living. London has one of the highest average rent costs in the country which can be very daunting and off-putting for those wanting to make it in the capital.


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Live-in Guardians 05/11/2020

Is it safe to be a property guardian?

If you’re new to the concept of property guardians, the thought of living in an empty commercial property might sound strange, scary or even dangerous. But Live-in Guardians are committed to finding properties for our guardians that are not only 100% safe, but comfortable and completely habitable.


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Live-in Guardians 15/10/2020

How to eliminate your chance of squatters

No property owner wants their vacant property to be targeted by squatters. Squatters can present a real risk to your property, causing damage from breaking in, stealing valuables and vandalising. There are many ways that landlords can protect their commercial properties and eliminate the risk of squatters, from security services to property guardians, that can keep your property safe and prevent some of the expenses that squatters can incur.


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Live-in Guardians 01/10/2020

How to maintain your empty property

An empty property can be difficult for property owners to secure and maintain. Large vacant properties such as office buildings or pubs require a lot of upkeep and can be susceptible to attacks from squatters, thieves and vandals. Empty property maintenance can also be an expensive endeavour, with costs adding up from cleaning, security services and any potential repairs that may need carrying out.


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Live-in Guardians 17/09/2020

How to keep my empty pub safe

No landlord wants to see their pub sitting empty, but when unfortunate circumstances lead to pubs closing, they can quickly become a liability. Empty pubs are a tempting target for invaders and are very at risk of squatters, vandals and fly-tippers breaking in and causing damage.


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Live-in Guardians 09/09/2020

The real cost of squatters in your empty property

Vacant commercial properties are at risk of attracting squatters, and thousands of buildings in London and the UK are damaged by squatters each year. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of Covid-19 with many businesses having to close their doors, that number is only rising.


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Live-in Guardians 18/08/2020

What is SIA licensed security?

An SIA license gives you confidence that the security personnel you are hiring is a fully trained and vetted expert in providing private security solutions. All of our live-in caretakers are SIA licensed as well as ex-military, meaning they are fully equipped to provide you with the highest quality property security.


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Live-in Guardians 17/08/2020

How to Secure My Empty Property

Your property is an important investment, and nobody wants to see their property sitting idle, gathering cobwebs and potentially attracting squatters or vandals. There are many traditional security solutions on the market to keep your building protected and surveilled 24/7, but these security services often come with very high price tags.


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Live-in Guardians 14/07/2020

Property Guardians Checklist

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.


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Live-in Guardians 11/07/2020

5 Top Tips for living cheap in London

London has always been one of the most fashionable and desirable – but most expensive – places to live in the UK. Particularly for young professionals and graduates, finding affordable accommodation in London can be difficult. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can make London living cheaper.


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Live-in Guardians 16/06/2020

Life as a Property Guardian

In our blog we’ve talked a lot about our market-leading property guardian scheme, and how it allows thousands of professionals to beat the trend of unaffordable housing in some of the most vibrant and desirable places in London, and other cities across the UK.


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Live-in Guardians 15/06/2020

Life as a Live-In Caretaker

Live-in Caretakers is not a run of the mill security firm. Our operators are almost exclusively recruited from military veterans and active military personnel.


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