About Global Guardians | Vacant Property Security Solutions

Our Vision and Values

Global Guardians Management Ltd was founded in June 2011 in order to provide owners of vacant properties with a cost-effective security solution through property guardian protection.

Our company originated as a standalone organisation in conjunction with our sister company, a well-established building health and safety management business.

We are now the market leader in the property guardian sector and have over 1,000 property guardians placed in £4bn worth of property in the South East of England.

  • Focusing on operational efficiency

  • Keeping quality at the core

  • Offering cost effective solutions

  • Our clients and guardians come first

Company History

Global Guardians Management Ltd was established in 2011 in order to provide property owners with a reliable, efficient and commercial solution for the problems created by empty buildings. By managing every aspect of the protection of the building we take away the headache for our property owners so they can utilise their time more productively.

Managing Director Theo Kyprianou originally formed Global Guardians as a bolt-on service to be used in conjunction with his health and safety building management company, which looks after over £1 billion in property assets. Since inception, Global Guardians has grown from strength to strength and is rightly regarded in the vacant property security and management industry as the most ethical and forward-thinking specialist organisation. We have single-handedly developed the Guardian Solution service and led the market into new innovative areas as a response to the various needs required by owners of vacant property.

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Global Guardians is expanding and is always on the look out for new people to work for our organisation. At present we are looking to recruit new staff members on a permanent basis.

If you are interested in working in the property guardian or vacant property protection industry please upload your CV with a covering letter outlining why you would be a valuable addition to our team:

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Testimonials

Thanks for your kind words – as you know, I worked for the Olympic Games and then the Paralympics, which as a disabled person meant a lot to me.

You guys made that possible with this accommodation being accessible and being near Olympic Park, so thank you.

I will leave on 15th September after some of the best few weeks of my life.

Property guardian in a former office building in Bow, East London

I used Global Guardians to secure a sensitive property in the Fulham area a few months ago. The site had been beset with problems; including vandalism and illegal occupation.

Global Guardians were extremely supportive, speedy and “hands on” in their approach to assisting me secure the building. Unlike many of their rivals, they offer a bespoke solution to property protection as opposed to generic, corporate methods. I cannot recommend this organisation too highly and would be delighted to work with them again in the future.

Property Director of Local Authority

Let me take this opportunity to thank you all at Global Guardians for the excellent service that you have provided to the Local Authority during my time here.

When we first began using the guardian solution to our vacant building issue we had no idea what the industry was about, needless to say we soon caught up with industry standards. This was in no small part due to your assistance. Working alongside you I believe that together we have changed the way in which guardian companies offer their services, for the better.

Facilities Manager of Local Authority

Global Guardians provided a no fuss, no fees, end-to-end service that was exemplary. All of the guardians had links to the local area and provided full security not only to their own building, but also the industrial park that it was part of within a very complicated site. On top of this the grounds were well maintained and the reporting was regular and comprehensive, with the site returned to us clean, clear and on time. We would unreservedly recommend Global Guardians and look forward to working with them in the future.

Director of Property Investment Fund

To date we have used Global Guardians on two of our vacant sites in central London, they have not only provided an excellent service, but have done so in a friendly and professional manner. The team at Global Guardians are always prepared to help out and provide assistance when requested, but ultimately, they have saved us money, kept our properties secure and given us piece of mind.

Associate Director of Property Development Company

Every day, as a guardian, in a Global Guardian property, I feel grateful for my personal living space here in Tottenham. It is warm, comfortable, and spacious; all at a very affordable fee.

As Head Guardian, with essential extra responsibilities, I am enabled to help all the guardians here to enjoy a higher standard of living in all communal areas by encouraging  guardians to create clean, tidy, safe and welcoming spaces.

This is partly brought about by putting in place effective systems for the smooth running of the building, such ascleaning Rotas and monitoring systems.

Weekly Reports to the Management mean thatMaintenance issues are dealt with as they arise, which ensures that essential services are kept in good order. Any other arising problems are reported too and dealt with by global Guardian Management Team.

Some other  property Management companies do not have Head Guardians which results in a less efficient way of reporting arising problems, resulting in a less satisfactory  standard of living.

The guardians living here treat the communal spaces, and each other respectfully, enjoy their private living spaces and regard this building as their temporary home. Most are very happy with the facilities and with the smooth running of the building.

I can thank  Global Guardians for making it possible for me and thousands of others to be accommodated in London in a clean, tidy, safe and comfortable environment.

Head Guardian

I just wanted to write to thank you for all the properties you’ve shown and put me in since I lived under your agency for almost two years in Brixton.

Global have always been reasonable and you’ve been especially helpfully as first point of contact.

Former Guardian

I’m a bit sad that my time as a Global Guardian is coming to an end…circumstances require that I move on. I have lived as a guardian for two years in two very different properties in South East London and I have been very happy with both the quality of the accommodation and the service from the Global management team. Any problems (minor plumbing and electrical issues mostly) have been dealt with promptly. I have never had any issues with others who shared the properties…quite the opposite in fact. We never had problems allocating tasks like cleaning and tidying communal areas, and guardians have been respectful of each others’ privacy and taken security seriously…after all that’s what we’re there for!

I would like to point out that there are other agencies who sometimes exaggerate the quality of their managed properties, or who seem to cram as many people as possible into them. Global don’t do this. I think I can honestly say that in the past two years I have never had to queue for a hot shower!

Above all the accommodation always felt like home despite its temporary nature. Spacious, secure, safe, warm and dry.

Thank you Global!

Property Guardian in Former Flats located in Woolwich

We have enlisted the services of Global Guardians to secure and manage our void property stock for many years now; they have saved my organisation a great deal in security costs. The Guardians occupy a diverse range of properties within our portfolio while offering a flexible approach for each in isolation. I have recommended Global Guardians’ services to many others in the profession and will continue to do so

Development Manager for Private Development Organisation

I have received a high level of service from Global Guardians in relation to the property they manage for me in Brighton. I have another property in the pipeline which I will offer to Global to secure for me. I have been very happy with their professionalism and dedication to the protection of my property.

Director of Private Developer

I moved out fully on Sunday and returned earlier to tidy it up a bit and return my keys to the Head Guardian.
Thank you to you and Global Guardians for the past three and a half years. I’ve really enjoyed my time in Tottenham and with Global and will be sure to recommend Global Guardians to others.
I will say that my Head Guardian is a real credit to your organisation and really looks after every guardian like family. I will miss her and the other guardians greatly. A final thank you to you for your help last year in regards to my problems with my neighbouring guardian at the time. I will not hesitate to consider Global Guardians in the future.

Former Guardian

I’ve really enjoyed being a Global Guardian over the last year or so. It’s been an awesome experience so far! I’ve stayed in a very spacious suburban house with a beautiful garden with just my girlfriend and a housemate. I currently live in an old shop in central London. Both are places that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to live in at this time. Both properties have been characterful and its interesting living somewhere unusual rather than renting a smaller, more expensive space. The spaces have been great value for money. The former was really comfortable and the latter hasn’t been quite so comfortable but that’s part and parcel of living in an old shop. If there’s ever been any issues the agency has been quick to respond and resolve them. It’s a worthy sacrifice for living in Zone 1 and having the most incredible array of local amenities. I enjoy the transient nature of it. It’s not so short that you’re constantly moving but just as you start to become attached to a place you move on somewhere new. It’s all quite exciting. I’ve heard of some agencies getting a bad rep for the treatment of their guardians but Global Guardians have been straightforward, professional and accommodating throughout. I’d highly recommend them.

Former Guardian

I have been a Global Guardian for about 6 months. They have a long list of fantastic properties. They have been professional and efficient and hassle free. I currently live in a large house which has a fantastic garden as well. My room is very spacious and has lots of windows. The company clearly vets the applicants properly as my housemates are really nice. We have a very big community spirit. We have had very few issues and any we have had have been fixed swiftly and professionally. The people in the company are very helpful and easy to talk to. I highly recommend them.

Former Guardian

I have been in two different properties as a guardian over the past year and a half. Both with a great price, spacious and in fantastic locations. Also, I find it personally interesting to be able to live in spaces that are different from the average property type. The only thing one might want to consider before joining the scheme is that there is no exact guarantee about the length of the staying, in my case it was 2 months in the first property and over a year in the second. Overall I think it was a great choice.

Former Guardian
I have recently started as a Guardian with Global Guardians and I am really impressed with the company. I looked at many guardian companies but global Guardians and the professional manner in which my queries were handled and addressed gave me the confidence to sign up. I am currently living in a one bedroom apartment in zone 2 and i love having the freedom of living alone in walking distance to Clapham common which i could never afford on my own in usual renting circumstances. I would highly recommend Global Guardians and i look forward to the future and the possibilities.
New Guardian

Everyday I hear from many people that it is difficult to save money due to overpriced cost of rent. Global Guardians is a company that give you the opportunity to solve this problem by offering unbeatable rent price with good standard. Of course there are some obligations and you have to adapt to a temporary agreement .Global Guardian is a professional company , trustworthy and friendly, and you can meet many nice people by the way during your experience as a Guardian.
So don’t be afraid and go for it !!!

Former Guardian

I love it to be honest. Only been a guardian for about a month but lucky for me the space i am looking after holds my own bathroom and kitchen. Great character to the building. Lots of shared living space in the building also. Very decent price for London !!! Love

New Guardian

A really good experience. A spacious well looked after property, the Global Guardians team are easygoing and approachable. Very simple sign up process. Plenty of good properties to choose from. I can’t fault it.

New Guardian

Out of the guardianship companies operating in London I feel Global is the best for my needs. It has a comprehensive lists of rules meaning you don’t get loud or messy neighbours and that a community atmosphere is fostered in the building with respect and support for one another. The properties are maintained and there are numerous systems in place to safeguard yourself, property and also to report any issues or concerns (which are also dealt with swiftly). We have a great mix of people in our property from business people saving up for their first homes, creatives and health professionals. The guidelines mean that even if you work irregular shift patterns you can sleep, wash and cook in peace. I think the over 21 policy is great to make it a clear separation between student style housing (and the difficulties that arise living in that environment) and a respectful community. There are a number of styles of properties to fit your needs to from flats, houses, warehouses, offices and more. If you want a live-in work space, just an affordable room in a great location, or something a little quirky this is great. If you are worried about the transient lifestyle don’t as Global has this covered with a one-month notice period AND they try and put you in another property they have within that period. This is better than when I was renting where I’d have less stability than that. There is a rota system for cleaning and monitoring the property at our location and it means you spend maybe 10-20minutes a week doing your share and it means your communal areas are always clean and a pleasure to live it. Also noise is kept to a minimum after 10pm but this may never even come up as most guardians try to respect their neighbours anyway. It keeps things friendly with neighbours and avoids those arguments that can happen in any living situation. We’ve even had a Christmas party, events and made new friends. The team and community are wonderful and I can’t recommend this highly enough. PLUS it’s REALLY affordable.

Former Guardian

Being part of Global Guardians changed my life. I never would have moved to London if it wasn’t for this organisation and the brilliant staff. Global Guardians and this type of alternative living is a game-changer and makes you think outside of the box. I lived in a ex-care home in Tottenham for over 2 years and it has been some of the best days and experiences in London. I would recommend it to anyone or try it at least once and you never know what opportunities will come about or who you’ll meet.

New guardian

I find Global Guardians very professional and personable. A lot of the guardian programs tend to lose interest once they have your money but Global have consistently been very supportive. Prices are very resonable and there are always new places available.

Head Guardian

Global Guardians Mgmt, is a team of very serious persons dedicated in making sure that the commitment of protecting properties is very paramount and has used this channel to house a lot of people paying very affordable fees. i am going to three years with them and i must say is about the best thing that has happened to me in this place.i am advertising seriously for others to come forward and benefit from their goodwill.Serious greetings to them.

Former Guardian

I have been a Global Guardian for about 6 months. They have a long list of fantastic properties. They have been professional and efficient and hassle free. I currently live in a large house which has a fantastic garden as well. My room is very spacious and has lots of windows. The company clearly vets the applicants properly as my housemates are really nice. We have a very big community spirit. We have had very few issues and any we have had have been fixed swiftly and professionally. The people in the company are very helpful and easy to talk to. I highly recommend them.

Former Guardian

The living spaces with Global Guardians are simply fantastic. The team have always been fantastic to deal with and very helpful. Highly interesting living spaces are always available and you clearly get far more bang for your buck than the market which is never to be sniffed at! Global Guardians offer a fantastic and realistic housing alternative to many, whilst protecting and caring for properties… it’s a win win! 🙂

Head Guardian

Really easy company to deal with. Very friendly and straightforward. Finding a new place to live with them is uncomplicated and the places they offer are great.

New Guardian

Very straightforward to deal with, and loads of living space for the money. Fun housemates too.

New Guardian

I have been a guardian for almost 3 years now! Great properties with fair prices! Nothing I can fault!

Former Guardian

It has been fantastic working with Global Guardians on a number of our key events throughout 2016/17. They are an extremely professional team and they have added great value to the projects that they have been involved in. I very much look forward to carrying on our professional relationship in the future.

Michael Clark, Business Development Manager, Estates Gazette.

I joined Global as a guardian in 2013. In that time I did not really know what guardianship was meant to be. Similarly to many other applicants, the main magnetism was the affordability. During the years I realised that Global does not demand any impractical tasks from us and in return, with the guardians’ active contribution, we can enjoy a safe, secured, clean, and maintained living place for acceptable price.

During my Head Guardian period I was lucky to have amazing, friendly and helpful housemates all the time. I was (and still am) happy to live and work with them. I suppose, it is all about the way we approached each other. There was nothing that we could not discuss and we helped each other as much as our opportunities allowed us. Although there is a bit of hierarchy in the system, i.e. a Head Guardian is the messenger, observer, and executor between Global and the guardians, the job still can be done in a family atmosphere. Moreover, due to permanent contact with Global officials, I have managed to develop a really good working relationship with the staff. I met with very nice people who sooner or later found suitable solutions for each problem. I am not going to name them, there are just simply too many to mention. Thank you for you too for making my job easy!

Nevertheless, I suppose I could not be a good Head Guardian if there had not been a brilliant example to follow, and she was Sandie Burland, my former Head Guardian at Broadwater Lodge. She was always happy and helpful with positive philosophy, and had cosmic patience and balanced attitude. Together with other guardians we met together several times and had – sometimes meaningful, sometimes easy – conversations and programs. One of these was the so called ‘Nations’ Culinary’ event that we organised for ourselves when each nation who lived there cooked a typical national food and shared them with the participants. (Unfortunately Broadwater Lodge has closed down in 2016 and we split. I hope you are all right guys from there!)

Currently Sandie is going through a difficult period of time, and here I would like to take the opportunity (together and on behalf of all the other previous housemates) to wish her a fast recovery. Get well soon Sandie! We miss you!

In summary, being a Head Guardian is more of a fun job than work, responsibility and obligation, but at the same time, a good opportunity to build deeper friendship and relationships with other guardians and to enjoy an efficient role at Global. Overall, I am happy to be who I am.

Guardian of the month winner – August 2017

Hi, my name is Emma and I am a Veterinary Surgeon. I have been a guardian since April 2017, and moved into my guardian property with my boyfriend in June 2017. I heard about becoming a property guardian from him, as he had lived in guardian properties before, and I loved how he was able to live in central locations at such an affordable price. I had previously looked at private rentals, and was horrified at how expensive it is to rent privately in London. Since moving in to our property, we have transformed it into a cosy home. We have re-painted the walls, replaced the carpet, blinds and light fittings, as well as adding our own furniture. Having so much space means that we have been able to spread out our belongings, and we never feel cramped or short of room. The more affordable rent also means we have been able to purchase good quality furniture that we otherwise would not have been able to buy. I have loved living here so far, and everyone who has visited us has also been impressed with it. A bonus is that there is an incredible amount of history behind our property. We have retained some of the building’s original character by leaving certain walls with their original coats of paint, and hanging up on display some of the old items we have found here. All of my friends and family find it so interesting to visit us and look around our flat, with the background of the property being a great start to any conversation.

If you are a guardian with us and are looking to enter this competition to show off your space then please send your living space to remi.gutteridge@global-guardians.co.uk.

Not a guardian but fancy becoming one?. Get in touch on 0203 818 9100 or give us register an account with us on www.my-globe.co.uk.

Whilst Global commend you for creating a vastly improved living space, you are reminded that you occupy on a 28 day non exclusive licence.  Therefore any time or money you may spend improving the property will only benefit you for the period of actual occupation which  always remains uncertain and may be terminated on 28 days notice at the sole discretion of Global.

Living space of the month winner – August 2017

Dear Faye,

This is Riyad, I used to be a global guardian a couple of years back and I am currently looking into finding a flat with Global again.

I went to a viewing in Hendon yesterday , which unfortunately turned out to be very far away from my work place in Mayfair … but the reason I am writing is to convey my sincere thanks and utmost appreciation for Lianne’s professionalism and patience.

I was stuck in traffic for half hour and Lianne had the choice to cancel the viewing but she kindly waited and I was able to view the property for which I am highly appreciative. It is the lovely people such as Lianne, Luke (if he’s still with Global)and yourself that in my mind make what Global Guardian a favoured property guardian over other agencies.

Hope you all move from strength to strength and thank you for your good work!

Riyad

Riyad Mustafa – potential guardian

I have absolutely loved living with global guardians. It’s enabled me to live on my own and decorate my flat the way I want to and be able to afford it. The funny thing is that when you want something it will happen but you have to take the leap of faith. When I first saw the flat I thought wow the view on the garden and the church is amazing, I want it. But I don’t have any furniture… And no money… But I took it anyway. In the weeks leading up to moving in, I found all the furniture that I needed and more! I even found a small tree on the side of the road that I potted but it sadly died a few weeks later. Anyway my experience on this flat has been wonderful and I will always remember it as it has been MY first own space and I love it every day a little more. The fact that it is transient and will be destroyed at some point reminds me that everything in life is transient so we should enjoy them that little bit more every day and not hold on for dear life

Former guardian
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