What is the benefit of live-in property guardians over traditional methods?
Using a live-in guardian is the most cost effective and hassle free way to protect your building - it will save you time and money. Around the clock security can cost you thousands and boarding up a building just lets everyone know that the property is unoccupied.
What kind of properties do we secure?
Once a property is wind and watertight, with a safe working supply of electricity and hot water, we will be able to place a guardian. If it does not have a kitchen or bathroom, we'll be able to install one for the duration the service is needed.
Do I need change of use permission to use property guardians?
No. The primary use of the building remains the same and the property guardians are there as a security measure with no tenancy rights to the building.
Will I still need to pay Empty Property Rates?
We will, in many cases, be able to reduce your EPR liability.
Can guardians obtain tenancy rights?
No. The way the agreement with the guardians is structured means they have no tenancy rights. We pride ourselves on the strength and reliability of our guardians.
Is there a management fee for your services?
No. We have never charged any of our clients a management fee.
How do we ensure that the guardians are living up to their end of the deal?
We carry out regular spot checks on the properties to make sure that it is in the desired condition and that the guardians are adhering to the rules and regulations of their occupancy. We send regular property inspection reports detailing any findings.
What if I need my property back?
Your property can be returned at relatively short notice, in a secure, clean and often better condition.
Who are the guardians, where do they come from?
We recruit professionals in full time employment, typically aged 25-40, and who are looking for an alternative way to live in the city at a fraction of the cost.
Do I still get access to my building?
Yes. Part of the License Agreement that the guardians enter into, means that they have non-exclusive rights to a building/unit which ensures that you may gain access at any time. We ask for at least 24 hours notice for third party access so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Should you have any other queries, please get in touch.