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?

Empty property in London

We all know how expensive is to find a place to stay in London but what is less known is that, in 2017, the number of empty properties in England has risen for the first time in a decade (Homes&Property) and, in 2018, London has reached more than 20,000 houses and flats that are empty for up to six months (The Telegraph).

All these empty properties represent space that could be used for several purposes such as temporary housing and/or workspace for people who cannot afford to pay the rent, especially when it’s so high for places like London, not to mention a risk to the owner who leaves them vacant; in fact, empty properties can be vandalised, squatted, asset stripped or being used as fly-tipping.

With the help of Ad Hoc Property, a solution can be found either if you have an empty property that needs protection or if you are looking for an empty property where to stay for a certain period for a convenient price.

In fact, Ad Hoc Property offers a range of services including the so-called Property Guardians to make these empty properties more secure and ensure their upkeep.

This solution allows owners of vacant properties to reduce their rates providing at cheap price to people that can’t afford private rents or that want to save some money. In return Property Guardians will occupy the building to protect it from vandalism, theft and squatting, looking after it.

Ad Hoc Properties offers other options to protect your empty property such as smart wireless alarms and mobile security camera towers.

Wireless systems are easy to install and can be done in one day. Since they don’t need any cable and hole in walls, you can easily remove the system and reinstall it somewhere else.

The Security Camera Tower is a practical temporary CCTV Tower System that protects vacant and un-occupied properties and sites from trespassers allowing you to monitor the empty property remotely. These cameras ensure nobody will intrude on lands or empty property without your knowledge so they are also very good systems to avoid all the risks linked to empty property.

Security Towers

Security Towers are a valid solution to the major risks that can arise when a property is vacant, which are vandalism, asset stripping, arsonists, thieves, potential squatters and so on.

Ad Hoc Property offers this solution which can be implemented as quickly as possible and does not require any ground work or infrastructure requirements.

The Cyclops Smartcam Tower is a digital property security management system that uses state of the art SMART technology, the same technology that is in operation in monitoring the US Defence Centre, The Pentagon.

Cyclops utilises wireless communication technology which means you can filter large objects like motor vehicles with smaller objects like people or animals and in doing so ensure that an alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. The system records continuously 24/7 and is remotely monitored to ensure total protection.

The tower installation process provides flexibility in enabling our security engineers to relocate the device around a site where necessary. Fully visible to deter intruders and boasting a ‘dusk till dawn’ bright green light sensor, Cyclops is a far more cost-effective security option compared to alternative forms of security. With Cyclops you have a 24-hour “state of the art security system” which along with the other range of solutions that Ad Hoc provide will ensure your asset remains fully secure.

These security towers act also as a visible deterrent, in fact, in the past they led to the arrest of a trespasser who tried to damage a property in Kent in his attempt to force entry.

How to improve empty property security

When a property is empty, there can be several problems related to its security such as vandalism, squatter occupation, asset stripping, fly-tipping, along with the impoverishment of the surrounding area because of all these issues. For all these reasons, it is very important you understand the risks and take action in order to improve empty property security so to prevent these situations.

Ad Hoc Property offers several options related to the improvement of empty property security such as:

  • Property guardians: people who get a room in an empty property for a very convenient price and commit to take care of the property keeping it safe and secure from the threat of squatters, thieves, asset strippers and criminal damage.
  • Commercial guardians: businesses that find space in an unused property 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.
  • Security guards: these are a good option to protect a property before guardians are put in place. They can be helpful when squatters have been removed from a building, or while we carry out any necessary health and safety assessments, and work is done to make the property suitable for the guardian scheme.
  • Smart alarms: wireless alarm product can be installed and active in just one day, after which your property will be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with a manned response when necessary.
  • Smartcam towers: this is a digital property security management system powered by a Cyclops system that uses state of the art SMART technology, the same technology that is in operation in monitoring the US Defence Centre, The Pentagon. The system boasts a 360-degree camera that can be programmed to move zones at set intervals to ensure the site is fully monitored 24/7.

All these ways to improve empty property security are offered by Ad Hoc Property, you only need to choose which one is the best for you and your situation.

Why property guardians are good for community

Property Guardians are a new model of protecting and reusing empty buildings that has been introduced in UK since 2000s. This solution allows owners of vacant properties to reduce their rates providing at cheap price to people that can’t afford private rents or that want to save some money. In return Property Guardians will occupy the building to protect it from vandalism, theft and squatting, looking after it.

This way of life has become very popular due to sharp increase of housing prices that British people have faced for many years and that has made even worst with the economic crisis in 2010. Many key workers, students, post-graduates and freelance professionals have embraced Guardian’s lifestyle to afford an accommodation in major cities all over UK, allowing them to live in central neighbourhoods, near they workplaces or universities. Some Guardians live in these properties during the week, coming back to their homes outside the city in the week-ends. Others, thanks to the wide range of buildings available, from stately homes and schools, to hospitals and offices, use the site as accommodation and workspace at the same time, like artisans or artists, that need big space but also central position in the city. This is the eventuality of Alec and Thomas, two young stylists, that, with Ad Hoc Properties, they transformed their temporary accommodation in their workplace and style atelier also.

As said, many properties can be very big, as healthcare facilities, hospitals and office spaces, and landlords can divide some of them in different dwellings or separated accommodation with shared areas. This allows Guardians to create a community where they can live and help each other, monitoring the building better .

Moreover, occupying vacant buildings helps to prevent neighbourhood from becoming depressed, attracting criminality and vandalism. Recovering idle buildings can only positively affect the surrounding area, keeping it safe and enjoyable to live in.

Many owners are unable to privately rent their properties because the buildings are intended to be renovated or demolished shortly. Ad Hoc Properties guardianship system works on 28 day notice period with 31 day hand back period, allowing landlords to have their site available when they need and Guardians to organise themselves moving in another property. It’s also in Ad Hoc Properties’ interests to find as soon as possible new accommodation for their moving Guardians. Today, thanks to the new Ad Hoc community system, Guardians that are looking for a house to occupy can easily find and communicate with owners with an available property, thanks to Ad Hoc’s website and services.

Many are the reasons why Property Guardians are good for community. They occupy empty properties that could attract criminals, vandals and squatters otherwise, they protect them from any risk of unauthorised accesses and thefts, they contribute to preserve the neighbourhood and the surrounding area, reusing buildings that would remain idle, if not occupied. And besides, it’s a way to help low salary workers, that can’t afford a private rent at the moment, and to help owners saving money and recovering their rates and security costs.

Void management of empty properties

In the last years big companies, multinationals and the government itself are facing the issue of void management, having a lot of houses and buildings left empty for a certain amount of time that weigh on their financial statements. Since this June local councils have the power to double council taxes on dwellings left empty for between two and five years, to triple them for buildings abandoned for more than years and to quadruple for more than a decade.

The last analysis and reports estimate the number of empty houses being around 200,000 all around the UK, with 20,000 London alone. Just in Kensington & Chelsea there are more 1,300 idle dwellings, but a lot of them are “buy-to-leave” property deals, sold to foreign investors that purchase properties as investment, waiting for their value to increase. Left out these particular eventualities in London’s richer councils, many properties are left vacant due to outstanding payments, business problems or are just waiting for demolition or renovation.

The government alone owns more than 31,000 properties that are vacant at the moment for different reasons. Some of them are MoD and government’s accommodation intended for British soldiers families or other public functionaries, that can be rent just for short periods, due to MoD necessities. Others are public offices, like police and firefighter stations, left empty because of lack of employees or waiting for renovations. There are also many of them that were bought in order to build big public works and infrastructure projects. In the last years government has acquired many plots of land and private properties. For example, in the last years the government has managed many buildings to start the HS2 construction, spending an average of £1m per house, leaving more than 300 of them empty. These idle dwellings are difficult to rent just for short periods, while they are waiting for demolition, and they are costing a lot to British taxpayers.

Big companies could have the same problems when they approve new expansion projects, with brand new offices to build, acquiring buildings that can remain empty for years. Renovations have similar issues, with idle workspaces that can wait for years for necessary approvals.

With the new formula of Property Guardians, Ad Hoc Properties help owners to find short-term occupants for their vacant buildings. Guardians will occupy the property, looking after it, protecting the house from vandals, squatters and thieves, and allowing owners to save a lot of money, reducing their rates. Moreover, Guardians work on a 28 day notice period, making owners able to have their property available when they need to.

Ad Hoc Properties can give government and big companies a flexible solution thanks to Property Guardians for void management of empty properties, recovering a major part of their rates and keeping them free to organise these according to their needs.