Empty property in London: opportunity for everybody

The picture above is an example of the almost 278,000 empty building that are in the U.K., Admiral Insurance found. England has the highest number (217,000) and Wales has the highest proportion, 20 in every 1,000 properties. How are empty property in London?

Unsurprisingly, the table of councils with the most long-term vacant home positions London in the second place with 38 empty building in every 1,000, beyond the Shetland Islands. The Square Mile attracts many foreign property investors who often sit on properties rather than rent them out.

Have you got any vacant property requiring protection in London?

Ad Hoc Property helps you in several ways offering different security services to your empty building:

  • Residential Guardians. Ad Hoc Property recruits the right guardian for your building. He is a person who lives in it and has to protect it from unauthorized visitors.
  • Commercial Guardians. They are business organizations that protect your building. Business activity serves as a deterrent to criminality, maintaining the commercial worth.
  • Security guards. They’re people who works in security industry. They can be used when squatters have just removed from the building or when Ad Hoc proprieties carries out necessary health and safety assessments in order to understand if the property suitable for the guardian scheme.
  • Cyclops Smart Alarms. Ad Hoc property has several wireless alarms that can detect motion, a threshold breach, smoke and extreme temperatures. They can be installed in just one day and then your property will be monitored.
  • Cyclops Smartcam Towers. This security system is composed by some 360 degrees camera that can be programmed to move zones at set intervals to ensure the site is fully monitored 24/7.

Are you looking for a cheap accommodation in London or are you setting up your own business?

London attracts a lot of people for work and offers the highest wage in U.K. but it’s very sad spend a large part of your salary in housing costs, so you could consider to become a Guardian. Becoming a guardian, you can save a lot of money, you can live in place that normally you couldn’t afford and you can meet new people with a similar background.

London attracts, also, a lot of business men who want to raise money for their business. Ad Hoc property works with each commercial guardian to find the most suitable building for your business. There isn’t any rental cost but you have to pay business rates and utilities.

As you can see if you are interested in empty propriety in London for living or protection Ad Hoc Property answers to all your questions.

 

Empty building: a possible accommodation for keyworkers

Are you a keyworker and are you looking for a cheap accommodation in the centre of the city? There are several opportunities to find an accommodation for keyworkers. But first of all, who are they?

Keyworkers are employees who work in the public sector and provide a vital service in areas of health, education and community safety. In the other hand, Government considers keyworkers who need to be protected from the increasing cost of housing, especially in some areas of the U.K. If you belong to this category it can help you to buy your first home with a low cost loan or to rent with affordable price.

A survey by Halifax (2019) has reported that the average of nurse, teacher, police officer or firefighter can only afford to own a home in 8 % of town across Britain, down from 24% in 2014.

However, this program is available in London, in the South East and the East of England, where keyworker’s salaries are lower than the cost of living.

As you can see in the picture on your left, the areas involved in this program have the highest average house price to keyworker’s earning ratio in the U.K.

If you live in these areas and you work in the public sector, please visit the Government’s website to know if your job is included in one of the category listed by the Government.

Maybe you aren’t considered a keyworker by the Goverment…

If you aren’t considered a keyworker or you are not currently in a position to enter in this program it would be very tough living in the city centre, near your place of work. Do you know that around the city there are a lot of empty building, as you can see on your right, that could be occupied, so why not become a property guardian?

Ad Hoc Properties can find accommodation for keyworkers, becoming a Property Guardian. The guardian has to occupy the building and have to protect it from any unauthorised access. That’s why a property guardian has many advantages, most of all large saving on accommodation costs. Moreover, you don’t have to travel from your town to the city centre anymore because you are near your place of work.

 

 

 

Live in Guardians

This infographic represents an empty hospital, which is no longer used. For the security of the building the owner can engage guardian companies so they can provide house sitters, or ‘property guardians’, who will live in the property. The aim of live in guardians is to prevent damage, such as vandalism, arson, burglary and squatters.

The guardian is not responsible for the maintenance and security of the building they lives in, simply to protect by occupation and to report any issues.

These aren’t rental agreements, as guardians pay 40-50 % less than a normal rent. You also have less privacy as a property guardian, because property owners have the ability to regain their property with a short  notice period.

Security options

If the property isn’t suitable for occupation, there are several security options such as wireless smart alarms, SmartCam towers or security guards. The advantage of the wireless smart alarms and the SmartCam towers are that they can be used for a few weeks only, quick to install and easy to move.

To sum up, to live in guardians provide both protection and at the same time keep the property in use which is of benefit to the neighborhood.

Vacant property

The number of vacant properties is on the increase, so it is important for you to know the options for protecting vacant property. While it stands empty property-guardians will secure your building by occupation.

Of course, there are many risks for your vacant property, especially vandalism, arson, squatters or thieves and so on. It is important to know how to protect your empty building.

Best ways to prevent damages of your unoccupied estates:

  • Install working security systems
  • Disconnect things like gas and water from the source
  • Make your building more visible for passers-by by cutting back your hedges
  • Inspect your property at least once a week to check if there are any issues

Normally a vacant property is divided into following categories.

Residential real estate:

Duplexes, quadplexes, triple-deckers, high-value, vacation and multigenerational homes belong to residential real estates, as well as single-family homes, which are the most common one’s.

Commercial real estates:

They include shopping centers, hotels, offices, medical and educational buildings. Although, apartments are usually used for residences they belong to commercial estates, because they are meant to produce income.

Industrial real estate:

We consider warehouses and manufacturing buildings as industrial estates, because they can be used for research, production, storage and distribution of goods.

Open Land:

Working farms, as well as undeveloped, early development or reuse, subdivisions and site assemblies belong to the category land property.

In conclusion, vacant property can be used for different purposes. On one hand for living, on the other hand for working.

Temporary accommodation in London

Do you need a temporary accommodation in London? There are several possibilities to stay in London for a short time.

Temporary accommodation is more common for people living on their own. If you want to save money and live in the city of London as well, this option might suit you. On average, you will be charged around 40-50 % less than if you would rent a normal flat in London.

The costs depend on various factors. In addition, you can get to know new people and share your life with them.

If you consider becoming a guardian you must take these following points into account:

  • Over 18 years old
  • No living with children
  • No pets
  • Fully employment
  • Reliability

The accommodations will be inspected once a month by property inspectors, so always keep your place tidy and clean. If something breaks or doesn’t work please immediately get in touch with a guardian manager.

How long you can stay in an accommodation depends on the owner of the building and also your behavior. You may be required to leave within 28 days. Please be aware of the flexibility which may be required and the furniture you have to bring with you.

Nowadays there are many different temporary accommodation possibilities in London which are cheap and near to the city center.

Casual Property Maintenance Inspector – York, Peterborough & Glasgow

Casual Property Maintenance Inspectors

Ad Hoc Property Management is Europe’s leading vacant property protection specialists, with a UK presence spanning 9 sites. The group offers alternative property protection and management solutions whilst offering a socially responsible housing alternative. We keep commercial and residential buildings safe and secure by placing our vetted Property Guardians into client properties with the reassurance that we are able to return them to clients at very short notice. We are also suppliers of a host of security services including CCTV, Alarm Systems and Manned Guards.

We are currently seeking Casual Property Maintenance Inspectors to come join our team nationwide.  Main focus of the role would be to manage a small portfolio of residential and commercial properties, including conducting monthly inspection reports, providing any general maintenance required as and when necessary along with being the main point of contact for any site visits by external contractors.

You will report to the Regional Manager and will be required to come into the office once a week to collect/return keys, report back any findings and submit your paperwork.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Complete detailed and timely inspections on units & properties, following Health and Safety regulations
  • Take photographs detailing schedule of condition
  • Ensuring units are labelled correctly and all keys are present and correctly numbered
  • Prepare correspondence, reports of inspections and recommendations for required action
  • Serving eviction notices and warnings to Guardians
  • Pre check in and check out inspections ensuring keys are returned
  • Ensure units have been cleared for hand backs and advise Guardian Manager if costs need to be incurred or taken from Guardian’s deposit
  • Liaise with Guardian Mangers and external contractors to complete any site visits
  • Test all services are operating in properties and take meter readings

 

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Educated to a minimum GCSE level or equivalent.
  • Clean UK Drivers licence and own vehicle
  • Basic DBS Check
  • Experience of dealing with the public / customer service issues
  • A confident and well-spoken communicator
  • Able to prioritize and manage own workload and diary management
  • Able to remain calm and professional under difficult situations

 

In Return We Offer:

  • Hourly Pay Rates between £10-£12 per hour plus reimbursement for all travel costs
  • Management and flexibility of own working hours
  • Unlimited hours
  • Training within the Fire Safety and Property fields
  • Possibility of full time work*

Business Development Manager – Glasgow

THE COMPANY

Ad Hoc Property Management is Europe’s leading vacant property protection specialists, with a UK presence spanning 9 sites. The group offers alternative property protection and management solutions whilst offering a socially responsible housing alternative. We keep commercial and residential buildings safe and secure by placing our vetted Property Guardians into client properties with the reassurance that we are able to return them to clients at very short notice. We are also suppliers of a host of security services including CCTV, Alarm Systems and Manned Guards.

 

THE ROLE

We currently have a Business Development Manager vacancy for our Glasgow office. The opportunity would suit a self-motivated driven closer with great influencing skills with demonstrable ability to generate leads from both cold and warm leads according to set targets. The role would involve business development within the housing and property market, targeting decision makers in public and private institutions with vacant properties. The role would constitute 80% own lead generation and client meetings with the remaining 20% being generated by a small telemarketing support function. The role will include all account management of existing clients and Guardians you will report to the Regional Area Manager for the North who is based in Liverpool.

 

The Ideal Candidate:

  • A proven background in a solution sales and business development environment.
  • A proven track record in strong presentation skills is essential in the role.
  • A closer with extensive B2B sales or lead generation experience.
  • A strong track record of business-to-business sales at a corporate level.
  • Strong research and strategic analysis skills.
  • Confident and enthusiastic communicator able to converse with CEO level directors and decision makers.
  • Full Clean UK Drivers Licence
  • Driven, determined and competitive.
  • Smart and well presented as you would be the face of the organization.
  • Able to work off own initiative and hit the ground running.
  • Organized, methodical and able to simultaneously work on multiple leads to maintain a steady pipeline of new business.
  • Ability to quickly build lasting relationships
  • Shows a willingness to learn.
  • Reliable, honest and credible.

In Return We Offer:

  • Competitive basic salary with generous commission.
  • 30% performance related bonus and commission structure (uncapped)
  • Company Car with fuel card
  • 20 days annual leave plus all 8 bank holidays and day off for your birthday

Working Hours are 40 hours per week worked Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:30.

Business Development Manager – Reading/Oxford

THE COMPANY

Ad Hoc Property Management is Europe’s leading vacant property protection specialists, with a UK presence spanning 9 sites. The group offers alternative property protection and management solutions whilst offering a socially responsible housing alternative. We keep commercial and residential buildings safe and secure by placing our vetted Property Guardians into client properties with the reassurance that we are able to return them to clients at very short notice. We are also suppliers of a host of security services including CCTV, Alarm Systems and Manned Guards.

 

THE ROLE

We are currently looking for a Business Development Manager in the Reading/Oxford area to join our team and report to the Regional Area Manager in Bristol. The opportunity would suit a self-motivated driven closer with great influencing skills with demonstrable ability to generate leads from both cold and warm leads according to set targets. The role would involve business development within the housing and property market, targeting decision makers in public and private institutions with vacant properties. The role would constitute 80% own lead generation and client meetings with the remaining 20% being generated by a small telemarketing support function.

 

The Ideal Candidate:

  • A proven background in a solution sales and business development environment.
  • A proven track record in strong presentation skills is essential in the role.
  • A closer with extensive B2B sales or lead generation experience.
  • A strong track record of business-to-business sales at a corporate level.
  • Strong research and strategic analysis skills.
  • Confident and enthusiastic communicator able to converse with CEO level directors and decision makers.
  • Full Clean UK Drivers Licence
  • Driven, determined and competitive.
  • Smart and well presented as you would be the face of the organization.
  • Able to work off own initiative and hit the ground running.
  • Organized, methodical and able to simultaneously work on multiple leads to maintain a steady pipeline of new business.
  • Ability to quickly build lasting relationships
  • Shows a willingness to learn.
  • Reliable, honest and credible.

In Return We Offer:

  • Competitive basic salary with generous commission.
  • 30% performance related bonus and commission structure (uncapped)
  • Company Car allowance
  • 20 days annual leave plus all 8 bank holidays and day off for your birthday

 

Working Hours are 40 hours per week worked Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:30.

The risks of a vacant property

Properties lie vacant for many reasons: waiting to be sold or to gain planning permission, for redevelopment or because the owner is overseas. Keeping a vacant property safe and secure is vital to protect the investment especially after considering the risks linked to vacant property.

 

These risks, such as malicious damage, squatters and structural damage are in fact increasing and this situation is always more and more common nowadays as both commercial and non-commercial properties are emptying at an alarming rate.

 

For landlords of vacated properties, there is not only the hit from loss of rental income to manage but also the increased risks of problems such as illegal squatting, fly-tipping, vandalism, metal theft, fire and flood damage and many more.

 

In addition to that, the area surrounding the vacant property does not benefit at all from this situation but, on the contrary, becomes rougher and more dangerous.

 

After taking into account of all these potential problems, it is important to take action and increase the security of vacant property before something happens and this can be done through different options offered from Ad Hoc Property such as:

 

-property guardians

-security guards

-security cameras

-wireless alarms

 

You can rely on Ad Hoc Property when going through all the different options in order to choose the best solution related to your situation so that you can increase the security of your vacant property.

The benefits of housesitting

Housesitting is becoming more popular nowadays and the reason why is because there are many advantages by doing so.

We all can’t wait for that feeling that only a good holiday gives us but a common question many of us need to answer and can provoke stress is what to do with our pets when we cannot take them with us? Housesitting is the answer!

This practice enables us to leave our home not having to worry about feeding the dog or the cat, knowing that someone trusted will take care of this. And even in the case no pets are involved, there is always plenty to do in a house such us gardening activities, maintenance works or even just housekeeping works. Not to mention that also crime is deterred by the fact someone is in the house.

All these things mean that you can enjoy your holiday with not a single thing to worry about but just relaxing, which is the ultimate aim of a vacation.

If these are the benefits for who leaves, what about the benefits of housesitting for who comes in and so for the house sitter?

Well, of course saving money on accommodation is the most obvious one but there are also other advantages in housesitting such as exploring new places by living like a local and not like a tourist, i.e. meeting the community, having a chat with the neighbor while walking the dog, going to the shop and many more.

Becoming a house sitter can allow you to travel and explore the world almost for free, and sometimes you will end up being in places you would have not considered for their unusual location or for their high prices.

Ad Hoc Property can help you either if you are looking for someone who can take care of your place when you’re not around or if you are looking for a place you can take care of for a certain period for a very convenient price.

After all these considerations, housesitting can be seen as a win-win situation, in which there are plenty of benefits for both the house owner and the house sitter so why not giving it a go?