Ad Hoc Property Management to showcase new security solutions at Homes Event 2016



Ad Hoc Property Management to exhibit its bespoke Guardianship scheme and Smartcam systems at the UK’s largest housing authorities event gathering in London


Stand: H36

Ad Hoc Property Management, Europe’s leading Guardianship organisation, will showcase it’s unique living and security solutions at the Homes Event 2016, being held at Olympia, London, on the 16th and 17th of November.

Ad Hoc’s Guardianship scheme places working professionals into all types of properties such as ex-schools, care homes as well as residential dwellings that would otherwise be empty. The benefit for the property owner is that their asset is kept safe, secure and most importantly lived in, whilst Guardians benefit from cost effective and flexible living accommodation.

In addition, Ad Hoc will market its newest Smartcam initiative, CYCLOPS, as part of its fast expanding security solutions for vacant properties. Fully remote controlled and with instant wireless image transfer, the new CYCLOPS Smartcam tower system stands up to 19ft tall and is designed to immediately detect unwanted visitors around property premises.

The Homes Event 2016 will bring together more than 3000 attendees from some of the largest housing associations, local authorities and housebuilders in the country to network and establish business opportunities. Incorporating more than 100 speakers over two days, it is the go-to event for developers, asset managers and procurement officers who are looking to gain an insight into the future of the housing sector and share best practice on how to combat the difficulties that the industry faces over the coming decades.

Jason Barnard, Area Manager for London and the South West at Ad Hoc Property Management, marked the importance of the event. “Our presence at the Homes Event will allow us to showcase our innovative security solutions and the Guardianship business model. The Guardianship model is unique because it keeps buildings inhabited and secure for property owners, and provides a cost-effective and alternative living solution for Guardians.

Adding to the alarm systems and security guards, our new CYCLOPS Smartcam solution is continuing to lead the industry with bespoke methods designed to uphold the maintenance and security of vacant properties.”

For further information about Ad Hoc and its security solutions, visit Stand: H36, contact us on 0333 015 6660 or go to


Innovative CYCLOPS security solution launched by Ad Hoc

Europe’s leading Guardianship organisation adds new Smartcam system to its burgeoning portfolio of security solutions


Property Guardianship innovator Ad Hoc Property Management, has launched its newest Smartcam security initiative, CYCLOPS, as part of its fast expanding security portfolio for vacant properties. Now incorporating alarm systems and security guards, Ad Hoc is continuing to lead the industry with innovative solutions designed to provide peace of mind for both land and property owners alike.

cyclopsThe new CYCLOPS Smartcam system has been designed to detect unwanted visitors in and around the 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.

Simon Finneran, Managing Director of Ad Hoc Property Management, explains: “CYCLOPS is the perfect security solution for property and land owners who have lots of vacant space surrounding their properties. Not only deterring intruders, it also provides users with all of the imagery necessary to regularly monitor the property and land, ensuring both are secure at all times. CYCLOPS also adds weight to our security portfolio, which additionally includes both alarms and security guards.”

For further information about Ad Hoc and its security solutions, please contact 0333 0156660 or click on

What if your empty property isn’t ready for Guardians?

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For many local authorities and empty property organisations, unfortunately not all of their properties are fit for living in, be it for health and safety or other reasons. However, this does not mean that all is lost. There are security solutions available that do not cost the earth, that not only help the empty property owner, but also the surrounding community. These include the following:

CYCLOPS is a new CCTV system designed to detect unwanted visitors in and around the property instantly. It includes heat seeking technology and unique built-in filters, which enable the system to tell the difference between a small animal and a person. CYCLOPS delivers instant reports of all developments on request, meaning you the property owner can monitor your property 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. CYCLOPS is also highly visible, which adds to its ability to deter unwanted guests.

Ad Hoc’s alarm solutions, which are designed to detect everything from motion, threshold breaches, smoke and extreme temperatures. Each alarm can be programmed to operate at specific times of the day as well as activated remotely via a switch. In addition, the alarms will not cause structural damage to properties or listed buildings, and can be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with manned response where necessary. With no fixed-term contract required, they can be installed and activated for any time period beyond one day, accommodating both daily and monthly rates.

Ad Hoc’s security guard service is a flexible solution for when a property is empty for anything from a few days to several months. Security guards can also be deployed when the property has had squatters removed or when there is work required to make the property compliant before Guardians take up residence. This solution is particularly effective in high risk areas where visibility is a key requirement.

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#AdHocAutumn Competition Terms and Conditions

1.1. This competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 or over.
1.2. The Promoter of the competition is Ad Hoc Property Management, Unit 20 & 21, Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT

Entry Process
1.3. Entry is made by following @AdHocGuardians and sharing a photograph of an Autumn landscape to #AdHocAutumn
1.4. Entry opens at 12pm on Wednesday 05/10/16. The competition will close at 23.59 on Wednesday 19/10/16. The winner will be announced by 4pm the following day on the @AdHocGuardians Twitter page and will be contacted via Direct Message.
1.5. Entry is limited to one submission per person.
1.6. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Eligibility of Entries

1.7. Only entries that follow the required entry process will be considered. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for incomplete or corrupted entries or entries that fail to reach the Promoter.
1.8. No bulk, third party or organised group entries will be permitted.

1.9 Any person that is: (a) an employee of Ad Hoc Property Management or (b) a family member of such employee, is not eligible to enter the Competition.

The Winning Entries

1.9. The prize entitles one winner of the specified prize; £30 of high street vouchers.
1.10. The winner will be selected at random and announced via the Ad Hoc Guardians Twitter page within 24 hours of the competition closing. By entering this competition you consent that, if you win, your name and Twitter handle will be announced online.
1.11. The winner will be contacted via the @AdHocGuardians Twitter account; this will be a direct message to the account with which they entered the competition, within 48 hours of being announced on the @AdHocGuardians Twitter page in order to confirm acceptance and arrange receipt of their prize.
1.12. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The Prize

1.13. The prize is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.


1.14. By entering this competition you are deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them.
1.15. Ad Hoc Property Management reserves the right to (i) cancel this promotion, (ii) cancel or refuse any individual’s entry and (iii) amend these terms and conditions (and will use reasonable endeavours to notify changes to entrants and potential entrants).
1.16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter.

Property Focus

London and South East


Ad Hoc are pleased to offer one large double room in a spacious two bedroom flat in Chiswick. The flat contains a shared living space with kitchen and bathroom. £500pcm bills not included.


Units available in the Colindale area at £400pcm per person excluding bills. The property has 2 bedrooms, communal living room, and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The property will provide a great space for all those looking to live in a shared property at a great price.


Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd are pleased to offer a large double unit room in a large shared property in Hounslow, a 10min journey from Heathrow Airport. The property boasts large communal areas and lots of shared kitchens and bathroom facilities. At £350pcm including all bills this is an excellent opportunity for those looking for accommodation in London.


Peterborough and East Anglia


Well-presented one bedroom self-contained flats in Mansfield. £225pcm inclusive of all utility bills and council tax. Properties benefit from shared garden facilities.


Double rooms available at £225 pcm in NR3 with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Within walking distance from Norwich town centre.


Birmingham and Midlands


Variety of rooms available ranging from standard doubles to large living spaces in a large property in Highgate. Within walking distance to Birmingham city centre. £280pcm including all bills.


Large rooms available in this spacious property in Aldridge, £260pcm including bills. The property offers a large newly updated kitchen.


Very spacious rooms available in a former school in Birmingham. Local amenities right on your doorstep. £200pcm including all bills included. Lea Hall Station is a 10 minute walk away.


Bristol and South West


This property in Bristol comprises of very large double rooms, ample street parking, use of 2 garages, and a very large pleasant enclosed rear garden. £285 pcm.


Lovely Victorian property offering off road parking, sea views and short walk to Torquay town centre. From £225pcm including all bills.


Liverpool and North West


We have rooms available in a large detached house in Parr near St Helens. The property boasts excellent facilities including front and rear gardens and ample driveway parking. Rooms range from £160-£220pcm including all bills. large rooms available in this lovely vicarage in Hindley near Wigan. The property is within walking distance of local amenities and offers large communal areas including a spacious kitchen in addition to ample parking. Rooms available at £160pcm all bills included. image003

We have rooms available in the Orrell area of Wigan at £250pcm with all bills included. The house boasts excellent shared facilities including a large kitchen. Transport links are also notable and a short walking distance.




This large property offers plenty of living space as well as a good sized bedroom. The monthly fee includes the utilities water, gas and electricity as well as council tax, all for the price of £230pcm. Located in Idle, a quiet village on the outskirts of Bradford.


Large double rooms available in this stunning rural property, £250pcm including all bills. The property is located in the village of Scawby, just over 6 miles out of Scunthorpe and within commuting distance of Hull or York via the M180 motorway.


Recently refurbished property offering large spacious rooms with access to large gardens. Located in a quiet area of Knottingley with a large range of amenities all within a 5- minute walking distance. £250pcm including all bills.


Newcastle and North East


We have a room available in a spacious detached house in Ashington, Northumberland for £175pcm all bills included. The property benefits from excellent shared facilities including a good sized kitchen with additional utility area. Some off street parking is available in addition to a single garage.


Good size rooms available in central Bedlington, Northumberland. Excellent communal facilities, generous lounge with double patio doors to back garden, driveway parking and garage. £200pcm including all bills, available furnished or unfurnished.


Good size rooms available in former care facility in Swalwell, Gateshead for £170 pcm including all bills. Excellent communal facilities and garden area. Local amenities within short walking distance.


We have rooms available in a house in central Newton Aycliffe, County Durham for £185 pcm including all bills. The property is finished to a very high standard and incorporates two large kitchens, a large garden to the front and rear as well as garage and off-street parking on a large driveway.




Number of self-contained flats available in Irvine, all for £200pcm including bills. Property includes kitchen area, dining and living area, bedroom and shower room and private patio area. Located 5 minutes’ walk from Irvine.


Room available in shared cottage just outside Aberdeen. The property offers great facilities including central heating, small garden and on-site parking with space for 2 cars. £200pcm including all bills.


Studio flats available within hostel in Aberdeen city centre. Located close to transport links and all city amenities. £225pcm EXCLUDING council tax

Tips for Guardians

Autumn is now in full swing, cosy jumpers, great food, changing colours (and Pumpkin Spice Latte of course) are just some of the reasons why this time of year has become a firm favourite with so many. To help you make the most of this time of year, we’ve collected in some of the best recipe’s, craft ideas and competitions to get you in the swing of things.

The smell of freshly baked apple pie is (probably) the best Autumn smell, so why not have a go at making your own? This easy to follow recipe creates the perfect apple pie, great for sharing with your fellow Guardians!



For the filling

1kg Bramley apples
140g golden caster sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp flour

For the pastry

225g butter, room temperature
50g golden caster sugar, plus extra
2 eggs
350g plain flour, preferably organic
Softly whipped cream, to serve


  1. Put a layer of paper towels on a large baking sheet. Quarter, core, peel and slice the apples about 5mm thick and lay evenly on the baking sheet. Put paper towels on top and set aside while you make and chill the pastry.
  2. For the pastry, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until just mixed. Break in a whole egg and a yolk (keep the white for glazing later). Beat together for just under 1 min – it will look a bit like scrambled egg. Now work in the flour with a wooden spoon, a third at a time, until it’s beginning to clump up, then finish gathering it together with your hands. Gently work the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film, and chill for 45 mins. Now mix the 140g/5oz sugar, the cinnamon and flour for the filling in a bowl that is large enough to take the apples later.
  3. After the pastry has chilled, heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Lightly beat the egg white with a fork. Cut off a third of the pastry and keep it wrapped while you roll out the rest, and use this to line a pie tin – 20-22cm round and 4cm deep – leaving a slight overhang. Roll the remaining third to a circle about 28cm in diameter. Pat the apples dry with kitchen paper, and tip them into the bowl with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Give a quick mix with your hands and immediately pile high into the pastry-lined tin.
  4. Brush a little water around the pastry rim and lay the pastry lid over the apples, pressing the edges together to seal. Trim the edge with a sharp knife and make 5 little slashes on top of the lid for the steam to escape. (Can be frozen at this stage.) Brush it all with the egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 40-45 mins, until golden, then remove and let it sit for 5-10 mins. Sprinkle with more sugar and serve while still warm from the oven with softly whipped cream.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2004


Upcycle a chest of draws

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-11-47-21We love breathing new life into old treasures, and as such we’ve been following Gok’s Fill Your House for Free on Channel 4 (you can watch it on catch up here) to the extent we’ve become inspired! We’ve searched high and low for a great, easy, stylish upcycling project to share with you and we think we’ve found the perfect one! Take a look at this step-by-step guide from Laura Ashley to find out how you can turn a dated and drab chest of draws into a stylish and unique piece of furniture.


Pumpkin stencil

As Halloween is almost upon us we thought we would share with you a free to download, Ad Hoc Original Pumpkin carving stencil! As you’ll see we’ve gone with the spooky house theme, so why not download and get carving! We would love to see your designs so share them with us at @AdHocGuardians!


Autumn leaves competition

We’ve got an exciting competition coming your way! From October 10th to 24th we’ll be asking you to share your Autumn Landscape pictures with us! This can be from the garden of your property or your route to work. Urban or rural we want to see the changing colours of your landscape!

Follow and share your pictures with us at @AdHocGuardians using #AdHocAutumn to be in with a chance of winning £30 of high street vouchers. Terms and conditions apply, please click here for details.

Guardian Ambassador – Nicola Hebson


Hi, I’m Nicola Hebson and I am a self-taught Ethical Taxidermist as well as an Ad Hoc Property Guardian. I recycle roadkill and make it into wearable accessories and taxidermy pieces, dioramas and artwork.

One of the key themes in my work is nomadism (traveling with no fixed abode, using what you have) so when I found out about Ad Hoc, it seemed like a perfect fit!

I would say my work is mainly influenced by nature, and all the flora and fauna in it. I am also heavily inspired by India and have travelled there twice, particularly the Rajasthan area as I love the traditional gypsy culture that derives from that area and all the art and music that is created there.

Being a Guardian is ideal for me because I make a living off what I do and I am self-employed. I run my own online shop and I sell my work at festivals and fairs, and in shops up and down the country. The savings I make as a Guardian can be put back into my business which is great.

I am currently based in the Old Hospital in Clitheroe. I found out about Ad Hoc through a friend when I was struggling to find an affordable place to live, and since then it has all worked out perfectly. I live in a giant ward that used to be a men’s ward, whereby there is more than enough room for me and all of my creations! I even use the examination lights on the walls to examine my specimens, and I have a ward curtain that goes around my bed to block out lights when I’m sleeping! It’s like a cool studio apartment.

Being an Ad Hoc Guardian is life changing and has helped me to pursue my dreams. It’s affordable and there’s a lot of room for me to work on my art. This is the lifestyle I have always dreamt of and I want it to stay like this as long as possible. It’s brilliant to be able to work without the stresses of money and bills.

You can see more of Nicola’s work over at

Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday to Us! On the 9th September we celebrated 10 years of Ad Hoc Property Management.

In 2006 Ad Hoc came to the UK from the Netherlands and since then we’ve gone from strength-to-strength. In what feels like a blink of an eye we have gone from one office to nine, accommodated thousands of people in 10 years, safeguarded approximately 10,000 properties, and we’ve grown to be a team of 65 dedicated staff members across the UK.

Below you’ll find a timeline of how Ad Hoc has grown over the years.


Squatting – Get the lowdown here

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Vacant buildings are regularly targeted for illegal occupation (squatters) and in all cases damage and vandalism occurs when these properties are taken over. In some instances, this may be a single individual, but in the majority of cases where large properties become vacant, mass groups of squatters will often target a building. Due to size and space available, as many as 200 individuals have been found living in disused properties at any one time.

The exact number of squatters in the UK is hard to gauge but it is estimated that there are currently in the region of 20,000 to 50,000 active squatters. This is a dramatic increase from the 9,500 in 1995.

In September 2012, section 144 of the LASPO (The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) made it a criminal offence to trespass in residential properties with the intention of living there. Squatting remains ‘legal’ for non-residential buildings, meaning that the police are in no way required to remove or prosecute individuals for trespassing and staying in non-residential properties, including hospitals. The point at which the police may intervene is when criminal activity is known to be taking place.

To remove an individual or individuals from a non-residential property, the owners must raise this as a civil matter with the courts, which can be a lengthy and costly process. The legal fees for removing a squatter start at around £5,000, and the clean-up bill for a small commercial property, such as a pub, can be upwards of £1,500, covering amongst other things lock changes and rubbish clearance.

Insurance group Aviva has seen claims as a result of squatters double in recent years. In some cases, claims for more than £1 million have been made. This includes not only the cost of removing the squatters, but also of repairing damage from flooding, for example, or fire caused either on purpose or by badly rewired electrics.

Squatters can also have a wider damaging effect on the local community, with anti-social behaviour cited as a common side-effect along with the negative perception of the property owner for allowing the property to fall into disrepair.

Protecting a property from illegal occupation before the damage is done is the most effective method, the initial solution for which is to deploy traditional security methods. Ad Hoc provide a more cost efficient and highly effective solution by installing Guardians.

Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure

Simon Finneran, Managing Director of Ad Hoc Property Management, discusses how local authorities can make significant savings when looking for vacant property security solutions.

As budget pressures and demands for efficiency continue, providing a cost-effective solution to property security remains high on the agenda for facilities and estates managers. Across the UK, care homes, police stations, medical centres and other public sector buildings are closing down for a variety of reasons, most notably the need to cut costs, consolidate sites, or for refurbishment.

However, the interim period that follows these closures; in which decision makers are faced with the task of finding an alternative use or gaining approvals for the sale of property, can take several months or more. In this time these buildings are susceptible to asset stripping, vandalism and illegal occupation (squatting) which in turn results in untold damage.

In mainland Europe an innovative security solution has been successfully making its way into the market place, and in recent years this initiative has been embraced by a number of local authorities across the UK. It is already a solution chosen by local authorities up and down the country covering assets such as schools, libraries and town halls in addition to other sites including redundant police stations or court houses and even prisons.

As some of you are aware, salaried individuals are installed in disused buildings across the UK to act as ‘live in security’. These individuals – ranging from key workers (including nurses and teachers) to new graduates – are referred to as Property Guardians and are given the opportunity to live in unusual and spacious buildings for a minimal cost. In exchange they are tasked with protecting property from the threat of squatters, thieves, asset strippers, criminal damage and reporting maintenance issues before lasting damage occurs, all the while providing an affordable living solution to large groups of professional individuals. Organisations such as Ad Hoc Property Management are pioneers in providing this unique and innovative service to more than 80 local authorities across the UK.

The financial benefits of implementing a Guardian solution are highly favourable among local authorities, especially when those savings can be put to better use. Councils across the UK are being forced to make savings each year, so the opportunity to reinvest funds from these closures into the community would be welcomed with open arms.

Security is expensive

The option of installing security guards, while effective in the majority of cases, can incur large costs; for example, boarding up and hiring security guards for a 10,000 square foot property for six months would cost around £242,000. This includes the cost of boarding up, changes to insurance and the bill for security personnel. Compare this to the estimated cost of installing Guardians, in a 10,000 sq ft building at £21,000 and the savings speak for themselves.

Unwanted visitors

Vacant buildings are regularly targeted for illegal occupation (squatters) and in all cases damage and vandalism occurs. In some cases, this may be a single individual, but in the majority of cases where large properties become vacant, mass groups of squatters target a property. As many as 200 individuals have been found living in disused offices, hospitals and libraries at any one time.

Asset stripping

Vacant buildings are often left with all electrical and plumbing intact – this is a huge draw for criminal activity.

Vacant properties are a perfect source for thieves looking to strip wiring and piping from a building and are then sold on to scrap metal dealers. Not only is this practice completely illegal, but often dangerous. In some cases, the power remains live to buildings. When thieves steal wires they unknowingly cut through a live wire and electrocute themselves, resulting in severe injury or death.

The requirement to protect a building against this kind of activity is paramount, not only in protecting the structural integrity of a property but in preventing harm coming to opportunistic thieves. Installing a Guardian at a property ensures that while restorative work is being done, equipment is left intact and the risk of fatality is minimalised.

Community benefit

The onset of anti-social behaviour as a result of vacant properties can have long-term, negative impact on the surrounding area. This can be compounded by the upheaval caused by relocating or closing down a school, care home or medical centre. The council can suffer the brunt of local complaints and negative media in respect of resources being removed – by repurposing the buildings the blow to the local community is softened and negative feelings are reduced.

Outside the box

To summarise, in thinking outside the box, local authorities can make significant savings by exploring alternative security solutions. In preventing sites from becoming vacant and falling into disrepair the value of the building is maintained, local communities rest easy and financial savings can be redirected into more worthy causes. It really is a case of prevention is better than cure when it comes to securing largescale assets or small units, and with the positive spin-off where folk get a home at a fraction of the price pegged by the commercial market. Property Guardianship has to be a welcome strategic tool for any local authority surely?