We manage a wide range of properties and sizes across London. In fact, we are currently managing a former pizzeria, a former hospital and a bowling pavilion! Properties that do not appear suitable at first can be transformed into a habitable condition by the simple installation of mobile utility units.
Ideally, the property needs to be water tight and wind tight, but we can recommend accredited maintenance teams who can very easily and economically bring a property to the minimum H&S and environmental requirements in order for it to be habitable.
Our guardians are very flexible and you’ll be surprised at how little work is
Continue reading What if my empty property is too derelict – is it still suitable for guardians?
The use of boards is an advert for squatters, vandals and even arsonists. It presents a poor image to the local community, and leaves the building poorly insulated, so can encourage dilapidation. Our solution sends a clear message to the community that the property is in use and so does not devalue the neighbourhood, nor
Continue reading Wouldn’t boarding up the building be the safest way to protect it?
Security guards are expensive and cannot prevent squatters. We have known clients who’ve had squatters move in at one end of a property while the security guard is manning the other end. Our solution involves several people coming and going at all times of the day, lights turning on and off, very visibly demonstrating that
Continue reading How are property guardians better than using a security firm?
In England and Wales, from the date a property is vacated, the ratepayer is normally liable to pay 100% business rates after an initial void rates period. The void period is three months except for industrial properties where it is six months. There are limited exceptions, e.g. empty listed buildings are exempt from business rates
Continue reading Can I save money on business rates for my empty property?
Business Rates Relief
Not only are owners of vacant commercial space exposed to security and insurance costs, but following The Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007, they are forced to pay 100% business rates.
In the vast majority of instances, our property guardian service will not only reduce security and insurance costs, but also qualify
Continue reading Landlords: do you want to save money and get business rate relief while looking for long-term tenants?
The costs of temporary management by Guardians of London are kept as low as possible. In general, we ask you to pay the utilities costs to make the property habitable, plus a modest monthly fee:
All outgoings for the premises (utilities as far as the site is occupied, empty business rates, insurance) Weekly management fee:
Continue reading What are the costs of temporary protection?
Guardians of London manages all kinds of properties! Properties that do not appear suitable for Guardians of London at first can be transformed to an habitable condition by the simple installation of mobile utility units.
Vacant properties attract vandalism and squatters who may break windows and cause damage to the inside of the building. Often there is no structured supervision on the technical state of a property, so that frozen pipes and leaks are identified too late. This results in the dilapidation of a property and depreciation of a property’s
Continue reading Why do I need to manage my vacant properties?
Guardians of London has a team of responsible Guardians who, through temporarily occupying your property, combat the risks and threats facing vacant buildings. Because we select these people so carefully we are able to identify the most appropriate Guardians for your property. This could be an empty office building or a church, a town hall
Continue reading How does Guardians of London protect the properties in its care?