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Navraj Johal 16/06/2020

Life as a Property Guardian

In our blog we’ve talked a lot about our market-leading property guardian scheme, and how it allows thousands of professionals to beat the trend of unaffordable housing in some of the most vibrant and desirable places in London, and other cities across the UK.


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Navraj Johal 15/06/2020

Life as a Live-In Caretaker

Live-in Caretakers is not a run of the mill security firm. Our operators are almost exclusively recruited from military veterans and active military personnel.


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Navraj Johal 15/05/2020

How to Become a Property Guardian in 2020

Live-in Guardians is always on the lookout for new Guardians to help protect great buildings in London and other major UK cities from vandalism, arson, theft or illegal occupation (such as squatting).


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Navraj Johal 08/05/2020

Looking for Affordable Short-term Accommodation?

Live-in Guardians helps professionals across London and other major cities move on in their careers by providing great opportunities for guardian property management. Our guardians are diligent, professional people holding full-time jobs – but would otherwise be held back by increasingly unaffordable housing costs.


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Navraj Johal 17/04/2020

Can Millennials Afford to Buy a Home?

‘Millennials’, it’s a controversial term – but, in literal terms, refers to people born broadly between 1981 through 19961. It’s remarkable how polarised the perceptions of other generations have towards Millennials.


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Danny Schindler 24/03/2020

What are Live-in Caretakers?

We all might have an image in our heads when it comes to caretaker services or caretakers in general, the classic older man armed with truncheon and torch – whistling as he whistling as he walks around a building. For regular caretakers, this isn’t actually that far from the truth (minus the truncheon!) and caretakers do fill an important role in society – protecting warehouses, office buildings, retailers and a host of other businesses from theft and vandalism.


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Danny Schindler 18/02/2020

What Kind of Properties do We Cover?

Any live-in property guardian should definitely consider what kinds of properties they are going to be guarding, and on the flip side, landlords and owners looking for property protection services and guardian property specialists will want to know what properties are eligible, and what kind of structures Live-In Guardians works with.


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Danny Schindler 17/01/2020

Lonely in London – How Guardianship can bring people together.

It’s a strange reality that the bigger the city, the more developed the infrastructure and the larger the community – the more lonely the people who live there tend to be.


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Danny Schindler 19/11/2019

Debunking the Myths of Guardianship

In May 2018 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, a department of HM Government, released a ‘fact sheet’ aiming to give potential guardians ‘advice’. However, it appears to be strongly biased against guardianship and fails to factor in this alternative method of housing as a healthy option for skilled professionals.


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Danny Schindler 24/10/2019

How Will Guardians Protect My Property?

Having a valuable property unoccupied for weeks, or even months is a key concern for many landlords. You might have experienced it yourself, the dread of entering your empty property to find it broken into vandalised or even worse, receiving a call that your investment has gone up in smoke.


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Danny Schindler 10/09/2019

The Social Impact of Live-In-Guardians in the midst of a Housing Crisis

The UK housing crisis has caused suffering, poverty and anger in our major cities for years. Various economic factors such as inflated land values, ‘prospective investors’, sometimes based overseas, leaving residential properties deliberately empty so that they can wait for land values to rise and then sell on, making a profit without lifting a finger.


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Danny Schindler 22/08/2019

How Much Could a Live-In Caretaker Save You?

A lot of people think landlords have it pretty easy – we know different. From rates and council tax and how that affects your rent and tenancy needs, to getting the right people in the right properties, and of course dealing with everything that seems to go wrong.


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Danny Schindler 17/07/2019

How to Maintain your Empty Property and Protect Your Investment

There are an awful lot of things to consider when facing the prospect of your property becoming empty. A hike in council tax, increased risk of vandalism, fire and squatting – and of course the potentially enormous financial costs of putting things right and making repairs should the worst happen.


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Danny Schindler 10/07/2019

Why should I use Live-in Guardians as opposed to a traditional security option?

The prospect of leaving your property vacant, in an urban area, in the middle of a housing crisis and an increase in crime-rates, is a daunting one to say the very least.


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Danny Schindler 05/06/2019

A Guide to Vacant Property Insurance

It is a little-known fact that most standard building insurance policies only continue to cover your building when it is empty for a certain amount of time – for example, 30 – 60 days. This is the case for commercial properties as well as residential properties.


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Danny Schindler 25/03/2019

How to avoid Business Rates on Empty Properties

If, for any reason, your commercial property becomes vacant you may need to enlist the services of vacant property specialists, but let’s take a journey to Whitehall in this article and see what the law says.


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Danny Schindler 30/01/2019

The Guardian Angle - Showhouse

How can housebuilders protect their sites and save on business rates? Residential guardians might be the answer, says Ginette Vedrickas.


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Danny Schindler 19/12/2018

The ins and outs of being a property guardian

Undertaking the role of a property guardian means you have to be trustworthy, reliable and meeting of certain criteria.


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Danny Schindler 29/11/2018

How to become a Property Guardian

Fully employed, trustworthy, and looking for accommodation? If you find yourself wanting to live in a certain area at a lower cost, you might consider becoming a property guardian.


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Danny Schindler 05/11/2018

House of Lords welcomes Property Guardian firms’ launch of industry association

Seven of the UK’s leading property guardian firms have come together to form the sector’s first trade association to lead on safety and standards, to represent and promote the industry, and to foster best practice.


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