Property Guardians

A property guardian is a working professional who protects a vacant property by occupying a shared living space under a non-exclusive licence agreement. By becoming a guardian, you can save up to 60% of your accommodation cost.

At Global Guardians we apply a 'Guardian First' ethos throughout all of our processes and procedures. Our guardians are all very important to us and we care about every one of them.

We're always looking for new guardians who are fully employed and enjoys a flexible lifestyle whilst performing the valuable service of protecting an empty building.

Global Guardians operates our property guardian scheme in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and in cities across the whole of the UK. Key workers represent 80% of our property guardians. Take advantage of the savings you can make on your accommodation by becoming a property guardian with Global Guardians today.

We have had thousands of happy guardians saving on their accommodation costs and being able to afford to save up for their own house, top-of-the-range vehicles, holidays and general increase in disposable income, thus freeing our property guardians to live a more economically viable lifestyle, whilst helping the local community combat the threats associated with empty buildings.

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As a property guardian, you will experience many advantages as opposed to being a tenant:

  • Large savings on your accommodation costs
  • Restoring an empty building into use is a meaningful thing to do
  • Flexible living arrangements requiring just 28 days' notice to leave
  • Interesting properties to secure
  • Variety of locations
  • Part of a growing property guardian community

Property Guardian's Rights

As a guardian you have the right to:

  • 28 days' notice
  • Non-exclusivity to your room
  • Use communal space
  • Raise a maintenance ticket
  • Utilise my-globe and store documentation
  • Give your notice to quit at anytime
  • Receive priority treatment when you are looking to move in to another property
  • Refer your friends
  • Adequate living conditions

Legal Obligations

We ensure that all of our property guardians understand the terms and conditions of the legal contract that they sign with us. Unlike a tenancy agreement, you will be living in the property under a monthly non-exclusive licence agreement.

This means that when our contract with a property owner is terminated, our licence agreement with our property guardian is automatically terminated.

This does not mean that we will move our property guardians out immediately. However, it does mean that at this point we will serve notice to quit under the property guardian's licence agreement with us. This gives our property guardians 28 days' notice to vacate the premises, under the Protection of Eviction Act 1977. Due to the nature of our business we try to relocate as many of our property guardians as possible in available living space across our portfolio but we do not guarantee 100% retention.

During our induction process our professional staff members will talk new property guardians through the key points of the licence agreement to ensure that this is the right decision for them.

In order to avoid any misunderstandings, we actively request that all potential property guardians read the terms and conditions of the licence agreement before signing. We also encourage current property guardians to refresh their knowledge of the licence agreement that they have signed to fully appreciate their legal obligations.

Voluntary Work

Global Guardians is looking to increase the amount of voluntary work that our property guardians carry out for the local communities in which they live. In this way, we go that extra mile to ensure that the building and the neighbourhood where we are based receives greater benefit from having live-in guardians in their vicinity.

We currently have property guardians in London carrying out voluntary work in areas such as helping older people learn computer skills, cutting back overgrown hedges and vegetation, mowing lawns and working hand-in-hand with local safer neighbourhood teams.

However, as we continue to grow and receive applications from working professionals seeking to be live-in guardians with our organisation, one of the criteria we are looking to increase is the amount of voluntary work that our property guardians carry out for the local community.

If you are looking to become a property guardian with us, we do look favourably on people who are willing to do voluntary work.

Here are a few of the organisations we recommend working with:

  • Friendship Works
  • Water Aid
  • V-inspired
  • Volunteering England
  • Age UK

So please do get involved and do voluntary work for your local community as a property guardian with Global Guardians.

Head Guardians

We are always searching for property guardians who go above and beyond to protect the living space and the property as a whole. Working professionals who have been property guardians with us for a longer period of time can become head guardians.

A head guardian is a property guardian who assists with the creation of a cleaning rota for the living space, provides access when required and is our eyes and ears at the property on a 24/7 basis as they live on the premises.

How to become a Guardian

1. Sign Up
2. Available Spaces
3. Book/Attend Viewing
4. Selection/Vetting
5. You are a Property Guardian