Why we prioritise key workers?

Key Workers

Why we prioritise key workers?

For every available space, on average we receive 22 property guardian applications so we work hard to select the most suitable individuals to protect our clients’ assets.

Luckily for us, we receive huge numbers of enquires from key workers and we ensure that they are prioritised for any available spaces across our portfolio of guardian properties.

Whether they are caring for sick patients, helping to keep essential services going or ensuring we are all fed, key workers are the most caring and giving people in society so we wholeheartedly trust them to look after our buildings better than any one else. in touch with us to get a free guardian management proposal. 

Key Worker Protection

We stick to this principle because:

 
Key workers care 
We trust key workers with all aspects of our lives including our health and looking after our children and security. Key workers tend to take to be careful rather than carefree approach to life which makes them great property guardians.
 
Key workers are professional 

With hectic work schedules and shift patterns, we find that having a mix of different key worker property guardians leads to our properties being occupied around the clock which leads to improved security. It also helps that they tend to work in jobs that directly help us to secure buildings such as the police force, armed services and the fire brigade. Who would make better custodians of our clients’ buildings?

Key workers need affordable accommodation

We all know that key workers are overworked and often under paid. They appreciate that we offer quality temporary accommodation at a significant discount to market rents. Our property security solution is not a long term fix for the housing affordability crisis in the UK but it does add to the short term supply of affordable accommodation. On average, guardians pay 28% of their salary on housing which is less than the 33% that is considered to be the standard measure of affordability.

They’re our national superheros
 So they deserve to get what they want. If a key worker wants one of our available rooms, who are we to say no?
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How much is your vacant property costing you?

Secure Empty Properties

Landlords concerned with making moves amid the current market may be biding their time and holding on to vacant properties. Is the cost of holding your empty property spiralling?

The property market finds itself in an uncertain place amid covid-19 and the restrictions that have been imposed to keep us all safe. This may extend the time that properties are left empty as development and sale plans are put on pause.

Security costs, council tax, business rates, bills and maintenance still apply when properties are empty leading to significant burning costs and negative returns.

Property guardianship can mitigate the costs of holding empty property as guardian companies tend to cover the costs attached to running the buildings.

For commercial property owners, the costs savings are significant if business rates can be reduced by temporarily converting to residential (no planning implications). We have a 100% success rate in reducing business rate though our relationship with the Valuation Office by using our guardian solution. 

Empty Property Costs

Vacant Property Security 

Visibly empty homes attract unwanted attention. Vacant properties are a target for squatters, vandals and other criminal activity so it is important to ensure the building is secure.


Empty property security options involve everything from 24 hour security guards through to security dogs and metal screens. A 24 hour security solution can costs in the region of £100,000 a year. Even security screens cost several thousand of pounds and do nothing to guarantee against the risks to empty buildings.

Vacant Property Insurance

Due to the vulnerability of empty buildings, standard property insurance will become void if the property remains empty for a lengthy period of time. This period varies depending on the insurance provider but many policies are void after 3 months. Vacant property insurance is more expensive than standard insurance due to the risks attached to periods of vacancy.

Bills and Maintenance

Even if a property is empty, it will still have bills to pay leading to outgoings that can add up to significant amounts. Regular bills such as water, electricity and gas usually incur a standing charge. Maintenance issues regularly arise as empty properties tend to deteriorate over time if it is not being inspected on a regular basis. One of the biggest risks to empty buildings comes from expensive accidents such as flooding or water damage.

Council Tax and Business Rates  

For some owners, the only option may be to allow these assets to remain empty during this time but the cost of owning empty buildings are higher than ever. Councils now have the option to charge a 200% premium on council tax – trebling the bill for properties that have been empty for five years or more. For those that have been empty for 10 years or more, from April 2021 your local authority could charge you a 300% premium.

This applies even if you recently took ownership of the building if the building was vacant with the previous owner.

Business rates have a crippling effect on occupied businesses let alone for the owners of vacant properties. Our ability to reduce rates makes our solution a no brainer for the owners of empty buildings as no other method of security offers the financial benefits on offer through the use of guardians.

If you would like to make saving from your vacant property portfolio, get in touch for a free proposal. 

How Property Guardians Secure Property?

Having a daily presence in a building that would otherwise be empty significantly reduces the risks of problems arising. 

Property Guardians protect our clients’ assets by living in the space on a full time basis. They live normal working lives, their role is simply to be the eyes and ears of our property managers to help us in protecting buildings.  Property guardians secure empty properties by signing up to the following responsibilities: 

Reporting 

We have a 24 hour contact number and monitored inbox so our guardians can always get hold of us. They must immediately report on any issues that arise concerning the security and or condition of the building they live in. If anyone is seen to attempt vandalism or trespassing, we have a security process in place to ensure that emergency services and our property managers are alerted to ensure the problem is resolved. 

This also applies to any maintenance issues such as leaks, flooding, broken windows or power outages. One of the biggest causes of dilapidation is maintenance issues going undetected for long periods of time. Having guardians live in a space completely eradicates this problem. 

Being Present 

Property Guardians agree to be a constant presence in the buildings they occupy. This simply means using the property as their principle residence and not leaving for a period of more than 48 hours without letting us know. 

Official statistics show that seven in 10 burglaries are committed when no-one is in the home. This demonstrates that unoccupied buildings are vulnerable. Having someone living in the space, turning lights on and generally being around is the biggest benefit of our security solution.

Supporting our property managers 

Guardians are not expected to challenge anti-social behaviour or complete repairs to issues that arise, that is completely on us. Our dedicated property managers are responsible for dealing with all issues.  We just need our guardians help to know when problems come up so we can react quickly. 

Key features features:

  • Risk of break-ins reduced by 70% compared to traditional security methods
  • Immediate response, 24 hours a day
  • Security issues resolved immediately
  • Maintains property’s condition 
  • Maintenance issues dealt with immediately