What is a Property Guardian?

A Property Guardian is a reliable individual who takes up residence in an empty commercial property to help keep the building secure and protected.

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Property Guardianship is a way for commercial property owners to protect their buildings while they are vacant. If a building such as a pub, care facility, or an office is not in use for its intended purpose, it could be prone to intrusion by squatters, thieves or vandals. By becoming a Property Guardian with Live-in Guardians, you can protect vacant properties, while living in opportune locations with like-minded people. Most significantly, our Guardians enjoy significantly lower living expenses than private renters in the same area.

A Property Guardian is

  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Committed to looking after their living space
  • In full-time employment
  • Interested in living in unique, interesting and unconventional properties such as pubs, offices, schools, theatres and more!

At Live-in Guardians, we help property owners to protect their valuable properties in and around London and Manchester, offering prime city centre living locations to our Guardians. In exchange for your important service of keeping vacant properties safe, we offer a low-cost monthly license fee that is far cheaper than your average city centre rental property. Our Guardians are expected to keep their living space clean and tidy as you would in any rental, but are in no way expected to confront any intruders themselves. Instead, Guardians report all security and maintenance concerns directly to our in-house monitoring team, who respond appropriately and rapidly.

If you are a young professional or key worker and want to become a Property Guardian in London or Manchester, we’d like to hear from you! We get to know all of the Guardians who join our community to make sure you’re a great fit, and once you’re approved you’ll have access to our weekly mailing list of available properties in your area. If you fit our criteria and you’re interested in joining our creative Guardian community and living in shared city centre accommodation, fill out our simple application to become a Property Guardian today.

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If you want to find out more or have specific questions or requirements please contact us and we'll be happy to help. Don't forget, you may be able to find the answers to your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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