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Become a Property Guardian

There are many benefits to be had from becoming a Property Guardian; from the huge savings you will make compared to renting, through to living with people from different walks of life, and experiencing 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.

Scroll down to see our FAQs and requirements

Property guardian requirements:

  • Over 21 years of age
  • In full-time employment or a mature student
  • Non-smoker
  • Do not have household pets
  • Do not have a criminal record

Additional requirements prior to move-in:

  • Photographic ID (Passport or driving licence)
  • Proof of address (current utility bill or bank statement)
  • Employment reference (if you have been in your current role for at least 12 months)
  • Character reference (from someone you have known for at least 3 years)
  • CRB check

FAQs:

What are my duties as a property guardian?


Your duties are to provide protection and maintain the property you are occupying. You will do this principally by residing at the property on a full-time basis, reporting any threats and/or risks to the property from vandals, trespassers and squatters and reporting any issues (e.g. leaks, broken windows) which may adversely affect the structural integrity and infrastructure of the property during your stay there.

You won’t be required to undertake any security functions other than occupying the property. 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?


Live in guardians contribute from as little as £30 per week up to £100 per week depending on the property. This usually includes all bills.

Are there any other costs involved?


We require a £350 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. Our other move-in requirements are listed here.

Can I live with a partner?


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

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What is the notice period?


We operate a 28 day notice period. Before moving in we will give 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, others not. 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 Wifi and landline telephones. Requests will be considered for 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 empty property and includes a 28 days notice period for the property owner to gain full access to the building again if the occupation is for less than 6 months. 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?


It really depends on your flexibility to move. Becoming a property guardian in London is 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, and 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