A look at how Ad Hoc can protect your void property

Ad Hoc Property offer a suite of services designed to protect all types of void property. Whether that is empty land which is prone to fly tipping, or various types of buildings which need protection from squatting, asset theft or vandalism.

This infographic shows the range of services and the different scenarios that each can be employed to protect.

The main building is best suited to being occupied by live in guardians. The outer edges of the grounds and out of site areas can be protected with CCTV towers and small structures such as power plants or storage areas can be protected with wireless smart alarms. During the initial phase of the project, before residential guardians are set up in residence, traditional security guards can protect the area.

During the project, the building is maintained and the grounds can also be maintained.

At the end of the project the property is handed back to the owners, ready for it’s handover to new owners after a sale or it’s new use.

When to use Live in Guardians

To decide when circumstances dictate that live in guardians provide the best solution, just take a few seconds to think about the risk of an empty building: vandalism, squatters, graffiti and other criminal activities. The owner has to deal with these kind of problems, including high rates for an empty property.

The solution is people called “Live in Guardians”, who use your building taking care of it, keeping the property clean and tidy and detecting various problems inside (clogged pipes, floods, blown light bulbs… everything through regular use). In this way, your office, your house, your building will remain in use.


Who are the guardians? What is the benefit for them?

They are key workers, artists, independent and freelance workers… people who are looking for good locations, saving money and an exciting and social alternative to live, and in return, they protect and preserve the properties: win-win situation for all sides. Imagine someone who has just entered the world of work, and are keen to save and not to spend money on a rent or buying their own house yet.

The guardians profit from low cost accommodation, and not only the buildings are available for living, but also to work; the buildings can be, offices, mansions, hospital, cafes… all of them equipped with kitchens, cooking facilities and bathrooms. For security reasons, the live in guardians profiles will be examined (no criminal records etc.), character is important and being in employment; ending the selection process with an interview.

This is not a lease; the guardian is a licensee. Each of the partie can break the agreement, but always with 28 days notice, this is one of the characteristics to differentiate a tenant from licensee. Another feature is the low cost and the non-exclusive occupation.

With this technique, assets will be safe and will maintain their value. live in guardians benefit from low cost accommodation and the property owner from ongoing maintenance.

Who are Property Guardians

Who are Property Guardians and how do they protect empty property

A lot of people have empty properties which are unprotected and on top of this the owners must still pay rates.

The solution for both questions is  “property guardians”. But, who are they?

They are people who live in otherwise empty property paying less money than renting. Consequently, both the guardian and the owner benefit.

Everybody knows that a vacant house or commercial building runs the risk of being robbed, graffitied or illegally occupied.

Property guardians put and end to the issues above, giving building owners peace of mind, saving on empty property rates and retaining the value of the property and others in the surrounding district.

This is not a lease, so property guardians aren’t bound by tenancy rights. This new alternative to renting is used by key workers, professionals, mature students… and not only to live, but also for work, in all types of properties.

Property guardians can take advantage of cheaper living cost and the greatest locations all over the UK. Their only duties are keeping an eye on the house, clean it and if there was a problem, they would have to inform us and we will arrange to fix issues of maintenance as soon as possible.

On the other hand, the owner could be concerned about the guardians, but Ad Hoc has strict criteria to choose them, they will be fully vetted providing documents and fulfilling requirements like having residence permits, savings or incomes, no pets,  no police record, employed, responsible and flexible adults, no dependents etc. If for any reason the owner want to use the building again, the agreement could be broken with 28 days notice, and vice-versa, in both cases.

Property Guardians provide a sustainable solution to otherwise empty buildings, which benefits the building owners as well as the Guardians.

Secure vacant sites with mobile CCTV Towers

The Ad Hoc Smartcam Tower is a practical temporary CCTV Tower System that protects vacant and un-occupied properties and sites from trespassers allowing you to monytor the remotley.

These cameras ensure nobody will intrude on lands or property without your knowledge. Our job is to guard your assests, or maybe for temporary events, constructions sites, caravan parks and storage areas.


The cutting-edge technology we expend is the same as the US Defence Centre, the Pentagon uses. With a 360-degree view, our camera is available to be placed in inaccessible locations quickly thanks it’s rapid deployment. It offers unrestricted view  monitoring 24/7 including a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards and it has a 12x digital zoom as well. So it includes the opportunity to record footage at night thanks bright green light sensor.


Vulnerable sites could be protected dusk till dawn reducing security costs, this is  why the Smart camera security tower is economical. The wireless communication technology that Cyclops utilises, eliminate any infrastructure or ground work requirements.

Having said all of this, the installation is an easy process needing just to be manually lifted, so it provides flexibility in enabling our security engineers to relocate the device around a site where necessary. In this way, our CCTV could be located in the most remote places.


For more info on our Cyclops CCTV Camera towers please click here.

Additional Services

Additional services avaiable from Ad Hoc

  • Gas Certs
  • Electric Certs
  • Property Clearance
  • Fire Alarm Tests
  • Emergency Lighting Test
  • Flush Regime
  • General maintenance
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Refuse Collection


Prices on request.

Calderdale scheme for empty buildings could be used in Kirklees

A scheme that helps empty properties stay in use that has been pioneered in Calderdale could be adopted by neighbouring Kirklees Council. The concept of live-in guardianship – different to traditional renting – sees guardians given a license, not a lease, to occupy a property and are legally entitled to occupy the premises on a temporary basis as licensees, not tenants.

Read more at: https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale-scheme-for-empty-buildings-could-be-used-in-kirklees-1-9203206

Could live-in guardians safeguard empty buildings in Huddersfield?

Property owners including Kirklees Council are being encouraged to embrace live-in ‘guardians’ as a way of protecting and maintaining empty properties across the borough.

The scheme, which is already up and running in Calderdale, could focus on large sites such as the former Oakes School in Lindley , latterly a nursing home, which has stood empty for several years.


“Vacant properties need protecting”: A look at Newton House in Bristol

There are roughly 6,000 properties sitting vacant in Bristol whilst thousands more people are waiting for affordable places to live. Whilst local councils are scrambling to find solutions to the housing crisis, there’s one solution that is not being utilised enough; one that can save public sector organisations money, including the police, whilst helping to provide affordable accommodation and improving community safety.

Newton House, a former residential care home, is situated in Bristol and was previously under the ownership of South Gloucestershire Council.


Meet the woman who LIVES in a 14th century monastery in Coventry

Stella Yates is a guardian for property management company Ad Hoc at Coventry’s historic Charterhouse

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a 14th century monastery that is, to all intents and purposes, empty?

Would it spook you out or would you be totally at ease walking in the footsteps of monks who lived there more than 600 years ago?



Revealed: How many council homes are empty in your area

More than 800 social housing properties across the Black Country are empty as hundreds of families struggle to find a new home, new figures show today.

Dudley Council has 387 vacant out of 21,950 homes, while Wolverhampton Homes has 168 vacant out of 22,131.

Sandwell Council has 169 empty out of 27,723 homes and Whg, which owns and manages social housing in Walsall, has 90 out of 21,000 homes vacant.

Across the Black Country, 12,747 properties, including privately-owned homes, are empty, with 4,008 vacant for more than six months.