Property Guardians: security by occupation

We are passionate about bringing empty properties back into use. The benefits of using our property guardians scheme are widespread; property owners receive reliable, flexible and cost-effective security for their voids. Communities avoid the blight that empty homes cause, and key-workers get access to affordable housing.

Property Guardians works alongside housing associations and private landlords, with a primary focus in London but also covering Bristol, Brighton, Norwich and Edinburgh.

“I’ve been really impressed by the service. The process was simple and
they’ve have taken great care of every property we’ve passed to them.”

David – asset manager, London


19,845

Empty homes in London

43.5

Value in billions of empty homes in the UK

2,310

Property guardians and counting

An innovative approach to property security

The property stock that we manage includes empty homes, offices, former care homes and shops. Our live in guardians are keyworkers and young professionals who undergo a strict selection criteria. This includes CRB checks, face-to-face interviews and comprehensive reference checks, ensuring that only the most reliable and trustworthy individuals reside in properties that we manage.

Bringing communities back to life

Unprotected vacant properties are breeding grounds for theft, vandalism, trespassing and other forms of antisocial behaviour. Using our property guardian scheme to secure empty property not only provides a vital stream of affordable housing to keyworkers and young professionals, but also helps avoid the blight of decaying, boarded up buildings on the UK's streets.

How our property guardian scheme works

Property owner enters into an Agreement with Property Guardians authorising us to provide services to secure empty property

Property Guardians grants non-exclusive licences to live-in guardians, allowing them to occupy and secure the empty property with a 28 day break clause.

Property Guardians manage the vacant property throughout the term of the agreement, including undertaking inspections, regular health & safety checks, and providing status reports to the property owner.

On termination of the agreement between Property Guardians and the owner, our licence with the live-in guardians automatically terminates and the property is returned to the owner within 28 days.

“We have made huge cost savings by adopting this scheme, and plan
to use it for other empty properties in our portfolio too.”

Gemma – property manager, London