Become a Property Guardian

A Property Guardian benefits from access to affordable housing and experiencing socially-conscious living.
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.

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Locations:

We cover the following UK cities: London, Bristol, Brighton, Norwich and Edinburgh.

 

Property Guardians provides an innovative solution to the problems associated with vacant properties in London, providing access to affordable housing for young professionals and key workersProperty 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

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in becoming a Guardian please complete our online application form to register.

 

Additional Property Guardian 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
Guardians are also required to sign a copy of our Guardian licence agreement, which includes a code of conduct that must be followed during occupation of any property.
Property Guardians pay contributions from as little as £30/week up to £100 depending on the property

We place Guardians into properties including fully furnished studios.

 

FAQs:

Can I live with a partner?

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

 

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.

 

How much does it cost?

Property Guardian contributions vary from as little as £30/week up to £100 depending on the property. This contribution usually includes all bills.

 

Are there any other costs involved?

We require a £250 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.

 

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 & bathroom facilities.

Property Guardians include working professionals, key workers and mature/post graduate students across the UK. They have chosen the new affordable alternative to renting.

Complete our application form to register your interest in becoming a Property Guardian.

 

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 secure 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 the building and includes a 28 days notice period for 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?

It really depends on your flexibility to move. We often get properties at short-notice and require Guardians who are able to move in quickly. 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.

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Property Guardians secure empty properties by placing Guardians in a living space within a property on a short-term license, not an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)

As a Property Guardian you will get the opportunity to live in varied types of housing.