Life as a property guardian

There are many benefits to be had from becoming a property guardian; from the huge cost savings you will make compared to renting, through to living with people from different walks of life, and experiencing life in different types of housing – from former care homes to warehouse loft spaces.

Scroll down to find out more about what’s involved.

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What are my duties as a property guardian?

Your primary responsibility will be to provide protection and maintain the property you are occupying, reporting any issues you encounter during your stay there.

You won’t be required to undertake any security functions. We will provide you with 24/7 emergency numbers in the event of a threat or risk to you or the property.

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How much does it cost?

Our live-in guardians contribute from as little as £30 / week up to £100 per week depending on the property. This includes all bills.

Are there any other costs involved?

We require a £300 deposit on move-in date. This is fully refundable once you move out of the property, and provided you leave it in the same condition. We do not charge a registration fee. 

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Can I live with a partner?

Yes you can, but they will also have to register and undergo our vetting procedure. They will also be required to sign a copy of the Property Guardian licence agreement.

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What is the notice period?

We operate a 28 day notice period. Before moving in we will provide an indication of how long you will be able to occupy the property for. As much as possible we will try and find you another property to move to afterwards.

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Are the properties furnished?

Some properties are fully furnished. In those that are not, we will always ensure you are provided with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities with hot water. Due to the temporary nature of their use, the properties do not have wi-fi and landline telephones installed. Requests will be considered for property guardians to install a landline/broadband at their own cost.

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Will I become a tenant?

No. We secure vacant properties by placing Guardians in a living space within a property on a short-term license, not an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). Guardians are license holders who agree to provide security by occupation for the building they are living in on behalf on Property Guardians and the property owner. A tenancy can be defined as having possession of land or a property for a period of time agreed by a landlord (AST). However, a guardian’s license is an agreement to secure an empty property. This includes a 28 day notice period allowing the property owner to gain full access to the building again. We’ll always endeavour to give you more notice than that, and also help you find somewhere to move to next.

Do you have a long waiting list?

This really depends on your flexibility to move. Property guardian vacancies in London are especially popular, and the properties we manage there tend to get filled very quickly. If you are able to move at short notice then you will usually find it easier to secure a property through us.

We keep details of every applicant on our register. As soon as a suitable property that fits your timeframe becomes available we will contact you to move your application forward.

Becoming a property guardian