How to secure an empty building using Property Guardians

Using Property Guardians as part of your security for an empty building can be part of a wider solution to the housing crisis

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In a recent report by The Guardian it has been outlined that housing prices have jumped 151% in the last 20 years! Meanwhile earnings have only increased by around a quarter as such making affordable housing near non-existent. With average deposits for first time buyers increasing year-on-year, less and less people are getting on the property ladder before they’re 32, and with doubt over weather help-to-buy schemes are actually helping people to buy, it looks like many will never own their own home.

 

So what is the solution to these problems? We believe our solution is a strong option: Property Guardianship. We consistently work with local authorities, and other public and private sector landlords, on how Property Guardianship can be part of an integrated housing strategy.

 

It is estimated that there are over 600,000 empty properties across the UK. This causes two problems: 1) These empty properties aren’t being put to good use, and 2) If we look at the broken window theory (the theory that property can be left for a long time until one window breaks then soon after the property can be covered in graffiti and house squatters) then all these unprotected empty properties are just one broken window away from being vandalised, even suffering long-term damage!

 

Here’s an extract from the theory, first written about in The Atlantic Monthly in 1982:
‘Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.

 

Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars.’
With this in mind, by using Property Guardians empty protects can be protected cost-effectively, and for those Guardians choosing this route, rent (or licensee fee as it is known) is a fraction of the cost of the private rental market. In addition, properties are being put to good use Properties are being protected Cheaper rent (license fee) is allowing people to save money for buying their own home.

Overall, Ad Hoc holds the welfare of its Guardians at the highest importance level. Ensuring best practice is adhered to at all times, be it through an improved standard of properties for Guardians to live in, or making sure that Guardians not only have everything they require but also are communicated with in the correct manner, the aim is to provide Guardians with the best service possible. By taking the lead in improving these standards, Ad Hoc will create a more sustainable and credible solution.

 

If you want to learn more about our Guardian welfare standards, check out our Guardian Charter here: http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/2016/04/ad-hoc-calls-for-industry-to-raise-standards-with-launch-of-property-guardian-charter/

 

If you want to find out more in general about Property Guardianship and protecting your property, explore our website
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Top 8 reasons to use Property Guardians for your empty property

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    Leaving your property unprotected can lead to theft and vandalism. An empty property is easy to spot, maybe it’s boarded up or has a broken window. These features can alert vandals and thieves and they can then damage the building. It’s common for radiators and scrap metal to be stolen from empty properties.

 

  1. Security guard costs. Getting security companies to protect your property can be a solution. They offer a large amount of services like: door and window screens designed to deter potential vandals and thieves, 24 hr mobile patrols, CCTV, barriers and fencing, graffiti removal, security signage, solar powered external lighting with motion detection, static security guards and weekly site inspections and reports. However, this all sounds expensive. Having a Property Guardian live in the property not only is far less expensive, but also is highly effective.

 

  1. The Property Guardianship model is one solution to the housing crisis. Many people are being priced out of the rental market due to rising rent costs. Property Guardians do not pay rent; they pay a licence fee every month that is often considerably more affordable than the market rent price, allowing people to save for their own home in the future.

 

  1. Home improvements. With your permission and guidelines, our Guardians might like to ‘spruce up’ their space and fix things up around the property. This is great for them, making them feel at home in their space and your property might get a lick of paint out of it.

 

  1. There’s talk of introducing a vacant property tax to tackle the amount of empty homes in the UK. Vancouver, Canada, has already introduced this tax on vacant properties and the idea is gaining popularity in Ireland. Therefore, Property Guardianship can help keep your property occupied if this tax comes in in the UK.

 

  1. Protecting the community. When a property is boarded up, it encourages vandalism. But having graffiti and litter around your property also has an effect on how other properties in the area are treated. People are more likely to litter on pavements outside of derelict properties and that can then expand to them littering the whole street and so on. No one wants complaints from the neighbours!

 

  1. Squatters can be very expensive to remove from your property. With the internet, squatters can be highly organised. There’s even a WikiHow page ‘How to Squat in an Abandoned Property (with pictures). This makes squatters harder for police to detect and costly for property owners. Not only does using Property Guardians deter squatters but it also immediately switches the status of your building from ‘empty’ to ‘lived in’.

 

  1. Aiding the community. Our Guardians will use local shops and cafes while they live in the neighbourhood. This puts more into the local economy which is aiding the community as well as protecting it.

 

To find out more about Property Guardianship, click on our website: http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-protection/.

How to save for your own home by being a Property Guardian

So, how can Ad Hoc help? Ad Hoc ensures that vacant properties are protected from threats such as squatting, asset stripping and other anti-social behaviours through responsible, live-in Guardians. From a Guardian’s perspective, they benefit from being able to live in unusual properties for far less money than your average deposit, therefore potentially saving enough for a deposit within 2-5 years.

During the 2015 election as part of the Conservative manifesto, 200,000 new build starter homes were promised by 2020 to help people to get on the property ladder. Recently these plans have been criticised as the money that has been set aside realistically is only enough for 60,000 new homes.

Not to mention that new builds can be up to 40% more expensive than existing builds of the same quality, so there’s doubt over whether these homes will even be affordable for first time buyers. First time buyers are financially stuck as average deposit prices rise more than average earnings every year. Take a couple earning the UK average of £25,000 each; they spend the UK average of £892 per month on rent which is increasing around 9.9% every year. Even if they look to save 20% of their income, that’s still £10,000 between them by the end of year one.

At present, Halifax states first time buyers need at least a £33,000 deposit (more than double what was needed 10 years ago!) This is likely to be more if purchasing one of the Government’s new builds. You may think that the couple should have this in 3-4 years. However deposit prices are rising more than the average earnings every year. Therefore first time buyers are left chasing housing prices that are forever becoming less affordable.

For more information about Ad Hoc, please click here: http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/.

If you have any questions, please see our FAQs at http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-guardians/faqs/. In addition, you can also contact one of our area offices via our contacts page: http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/contact/.

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Pop-up shops break new ground

 Economic regeneration boosted thanks to Commercial Guardian solution

 

It is estimated that 11% of commercial properties in the UK stand vacant. Not only do empty buildings bring down property values, it is also expensive for owners to leave them vacant and make sure they are secure.

 

Ad Hoc’s unique Commercial Guardian model means that any type of business or organisation can find space in the attractive area they desire to work, whilst only paying the business rates and utilities rather than costly rent. This solution not only saves the Commercial Property Guardians money, it also improves neighbourhoods by boosting local economies and protecting the owner’s investment.

 

Ad Hoc works with each Commercial Guardian to match them to the most suitable building for their business. Examples include office, retail and light industrial space as well as vacant public or private buildings. Commercial Guardians can be as diverse as charities needing a shop, artists requiring a place to exhibit or entrepreneurs wanting a pop-up shop to test concepts.

 

In return the Guardians’ presence in the building serves as a proven deterrent to squatters, thieves, asset strippers, vandalism and criminal damage due to the building no longer being empty. All Commercial Guardians are subject to a stringent vetting process and no tenancy rights are conferred to the Commercial Guardians from property owners. Monthly inspections of the building are carried out alongside the provision of management reports to property owners. Upon notice, the property is returned to the commercial business owner in the condition in which it was placed under Ad Hoc’s management.

 

Benefits for commercial property owners

  • Save on business and utility rates. Commercial Guardians pay these directly to the council and utilities provider.
  • The Guardians’ presence in the building serves as a deterrent to criminality.
  • Ensures any maintenance or other issues are quickly identified and resolved.
  • The building’s condition is maintained, thereby protecting the business’ asset.
  • Commercial property owners maintain full tenancy and legal rights to the property.
  • Quick return of the property with a two-week notice period.
  • Saves time – Ad Hoc manages the entire process.

 

Benefits for Commercial Property Guardians

  • Fast, easy and flexible access to a professional workspace that suits the business’ need.
  • Allows businesses to open shops or exhibitions in places they could not normally afford.
  • Reduces workspace overhead costs compared with the market rate.
  • Easy and no long-term commitment – no need for solicitor’s costs.

 

To find out more, click on: http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-protection/.

Smartcam security solution

Additional to the property occupation model is the Smartcam security solution, offered by Ad Hoc Property Management. The CYCLOPS Smartcam system has been designed to detect unwanted visitors in and around a property immediately. It includes video content analysis within up to eight areas as defined by the property owner, remote camera control via a secure VPN network and a 36x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom with auto focus for improved imagery. In addition, CYCLOPS delivers instant photos on request, meaning the property owner can monitor the building on-site or remotely 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. CYCLOPS is also highly visible, which adds to its ability to deter unwanted guests.

Complementing the core property Guardianship model, these additional services provide vital security whilst Guardians are away from the property.

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How to protect your vacant home

This short interview with a Bristol property guardian talks about protecting empty homes using the guardian model from the guardian’s perspective.

The Property Guardian industry has been created due to the existence of empty properties across the UK, that have no use in life other than to sit around deteriorating until such a point a decision is made as to its next use.

Thanks to Ad Hoc Property Management, a pioneer and specialist in the utilisation and protection of empty properties, these empty properties can now be brought back to life as temporary housing for people traveling for work, those requiring a cheaper alternative to buying or renting a house, or people saving up for some other cause. In addition, the advantage for the private property owner is that the house will be occupied, therefore reducing its potential as a target for vandalism or other consequence of neglect.

Guardians are a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional expensive measures such as physical security, patrols with dogs or unsightly iron-clad barriers and hoardings.

Ad Hoc launches Liverpool property price comparison index

New property index provides the Liverpool public with stark price difference between renting and property guardian licence fees

Ad Hoc Property Management, Europe’s leading provider of affordable property through the innovative property occupation model and pioneers of the industry’s first best practice charter, has launched an infographic-based guide to housing costs across key UK cities such as Liverpool. The infographic not only raises awareness of the stark difference in pricing models between renting and property guardian licence fees, but also provides a cost-effective alternative to the traditional route to market.

The comparison index covers 15 UK cities, including:

 

Leicester Manchester Edinburgh Glasgow Birmingham
Hull Sheffield Leeds Southampton Nottingham
Newcastle Peterborough Bristol Liverpool Cardiff

 

Providing a comparison between one, two and three-bedroom flat and house shares in the private rental market and Ad Hoc’s property guardianship licence fee, the index gives the viewer an idea of what can be saved by considering the property occupation model.

“As this infographic showcases, the Liverpool public have to find a significant amount of money just to pay their monthly house rental, making it near impossible for anyone to save money for such things as a deposit for a house,” explains Alan McLaren, Liverpool Area Manager for Ad Hoc Property Management. “With salaries staying much the same for many, the need for alternative solutions that cost-effectively help people to live within reach of work, family and friends is becoming greater and greater. With our property occupation model, this requirement can become a reality.”

The Ad Hoc property occupation model offers individuals the opportunity to live in unusual spaces, such as ex schools, care homes and pubs, at a fraction of the traditional rental price. It uses what is called a licence to occupy agreement between the individual and the property guardian company, which provides strict guidelines for both parties to adhere to. What’s more, the property occupation model is being offered to businesses for commercial purposes, enabling start-ups increased access to the areas they need to be in.

To view the infographic, click here.

To find out more about Ad Hoc’s property occupation model, please call 0333 015 6660 or visit www.adhocproperty.co.uk.

 

For more information about Ad Hoc’s commercial offering, click on http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-protection/commercial-guardians/.

Ad Hoc launches Birmingham property price comparison index

New property index provides the Birmingham public with stark price difference between renting and property guardian licence fees

Ad Hoc Property Management, Europe’s leading provider of affordable property through the innovative property occupation model and pioneers of the industry’s first best practice charter, has launched an infographic-based guide to housing costs across key UK cities such as Birmingham. The infographic not only raises awareness of the stark difference in pricing models between renting and property guardian licence fees, but also provides a cost-effective alternative to the traditional route to market.

The comparison index covers 15 UK cities, including:

Leicester Manchester Edinburgh Glasgow Birmingham
Hull Sheffield Leeds Southampton Nottingham
Newcastle Peterborough Bristol Liverpool Cardiff

Providing a comparison between one, two and three-bedroom flat and house shares in the private rental market and Ad Hoc’s property guardianship licence fee, the index gives the viewer an idea of what can be saved by considering the property occupation model.

“As this infographic showcases, the Birmingham public have to find a significant amount of money just to pay their monthly house rental, making it near impossible for anyone to save money for such things as a deposit for a house,” explains Darren Tubb, Birmingham Area Manager for Ad Hoc Property Management. “With salaries staying much the same for many, the need for alternative solutions that cost-effectively help people to live within reach of work, family and friends is becoming greater and greater. With our property occupation model, this requirement can become a reality.”

The Ad Hoc property occupation model offers individuals the opportunity to live in unusual spaces, such as ex schools, care homes and pubs, at a fraction of the traditional rental price. It uses what is called a licence to occupy agreement between the individual and the property guardian company, which provides strict guidelines for both parties to adhere to. What’s more, the property occupation model is being offered to businesses for commercial purposes, enabling start-ups increased access to the areas they need to be in.

To view the infographic, click here.

To find out more about Ad Hoc’s property occupation model, please call 0333 015 6660 or visit www.adhocproperty.co.uk.

 

For more information about Ad Hoc’s commercial offering, click on http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-protection/commercial-guardians/.

 

Ad Hoc launches Peterborough property price comparison index

New property index provides the Peterborough public with stark price difference between renting and property guardian licence fees

Ad Hoc Property Management, Europe’s leading provider of affordable property through the innovative property occupation model and pioneers of the industry’s first best practice charter, has launched an infographic-based guide to housing costs across key UK cities such as Peterborough. The infographic not only raises awareness of the stark difference in pricing models between renting and property guardian licence fees, but also provides a cost-effective alternative to the traditional route to market.

The comparison index covers 15 UK cities, including:

Leicester Manchester Edinburgh Glasgow Birmingham
Hull Sheffield Leeds Southampton Nottingham
Newcastle Peterborough Bristol Liverpool Cardiff

 

Providing a comparison between one, two and three-bedroom flat and house shares in the private rental market and Ad Hoc’s property guardianship licence fee, the index gives the viewer an idea of what can be saved by considering the property occupation model.

“As this infographic showcases, the Peterborough public have to find a significant amount of money just to pay their monthly house rental, making it near impossible for anyone to save money for such things as a deposit for a house,” explains Sarah Reid, Peterborough Area Manager for Ad Hoc Property Management. “With salaries staying much the same for many, the need for alternative solutions that cost-effectively help people to live within reach of work, family and friends is becoming greater and greater. With our property occupation model, this requirement can become a reality.”

The Ad Hoc property occupation model offers individuals the opportunity to live in unusual spaces, such as ex schools, care homes and pubs, at a fraction of the traditional rental price. It uses what is called a licence to occupy agreement between the individual and the property guardian company, which provides strict guidelines for both parties to adhere to. What’s more, the property occupation model is being offered to businesses for commercial purposes, enabling start-ups increased access to the areas they need to be in.

To view the infographic, click here.

To find out more about Ad Hoc’s property occupation model, please call 0333 015 6660 or visit www.adhocproperty.co.uk.

 

For more information about Ad Hoc’s commercial offering, click on http://www.adhocproperty.co.uk/property-protection/commercial-guardians/.