Property Guardians - security by occupation

At Property Guardians we are passionate about bringing empty properties back into use. The benefits of using our property guardian 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.

We work 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 guardians are key-workers 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.

How it 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 and providing status reports to the owner.

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

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.

“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 

Reduce your vacant property costs

Using our guardians can save property owners 100% of the cost of traditional security services, as well as substantial savings on empty property rates. Putting your empty property into use through security by occupation helps combat ‘broken window theory’ and could retain the value of property in the area.

Our guardians provide occupation for all property types including residential, retail and office premises - for any length of time.

Get access to affordable housing

There are many benefits to be had from becoming a property guardian; from the huge savings you will make compared to renting, through to building friendships with people from different walks of life, and the opportunity to live in various types of housing.

Properties we place guardians in vary from warehouse loft spaces through to empty houses, former care homes, shops and business premises. Guardianships can vary in length, from as little as three months to over a year.

If you own or manage a vacant property, we've outlined everything you need to know about our service and how we can help you secure it and start saving money.

If you're interested in becoming a property guardian, apply here. We'll then let you know as soon as a suitable property becomes available to move your application forward.

Please take the time to explore the rest of our site to discover more about our scheme. If you have any questions please get in touch. You can also connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.