Securing an empty property using live in guardians

Using live in guardians is becoming an increasingly attractive option for property owners looking for cost effective security. Councils in England have the power to charge owners an extra 50% in council tax if owners leave properties empty for two or more years. This is a deterrent for many, but by not for the wealthiest investors.

There are now plans to increase council tax rates to 100% if a property is empty for between two and five years, and up to 200% if more than five years.

Latest government data reveals a 2.6% rise in long-term empty homes in England, with this stock representing a total value of £50 billion. In their latest council tax base reports, local authorities recorded over 205,000 homes being empty for more than 6 months.

Bringing empty properties back to life

Making a property available for live in guardians

The rapid rise in house prices in recent years has resulted in many people being unable to afford to a home or the rent rises that landlords are imposing year-on-year. Those working in public services have been amongst the hardest hit.

Allowing key workers and young professionals to secure empty property as live in guardians means that communities avoid the blight of crime and anti-social behaviour that empty housing can attract. For property owners, this solution is proves a more effective way to protect your vacant property than using traditional security methods.

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