Become a property guardian

In an age of sky-high rents, housing shortages, and unaffordable house prices, it’s little wonder why becoming a property guardian is experiencing huge popularity. It’s one of the fastest growing forms of property occupation in the UK – safe, secure and socially conscious.

We place live-in guardians into a wide variety of vacant properties. Guardian housing includes warehouse loft spaces, empty houses, former care homes, shops and business premises. Guardianships can vary in length, from as little as three months to over a year, depending on the circumstances.

“I can’t recommend this scheme highly enough –
it helped me turbocharge my savings for a deposit on a house”.
Shane, property guardian, London

Benefits of property guardianship

Property guardianship provides a vital stream of affordable housing to key-workers and young professionals. It also helps tackle the blight of decaying, boarded up properties filling our towns and cities. These factors combine to improve community cohesion and tackle the housing crisis.

Scroll down to read our selection criteria, and find out what to expect from becoming a live in guardian

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
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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
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“What’s not to like? I live in a central location and
pay a fraction of the market rate for a huge room”.
Adam, property guardian, Brighton

What to expect as a property guardian

Our guardians always tell us that one of the things they love the most about their experience is the opportunity to live in varied properties and build friendships with people they might have otherwise connected with. Individuals become property guardians because they share values around community, bringing empty buildings back to life, and enjoying different experiences.

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The experience of being a property guardian is rewarding, and the experience is sure to open your eyes to an alternative way of living. We have opportunities at various locations across the UK, both in towns and more rural areas. Before commencing a property guardianship, you are required to sign a code of conduct to maintain standards of respect for the property and fellow guardians.

If you’d like to discover more about property guardianship, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.