What sort of properties can you live in?
This is the beauty of being a VPS guardian, you can often live in some absolutely amazing properties!
Houses, flats, libraries, care homes, pubs and even Castles. Yes believe it or not we currently have a Castle! Rent is Typically only £250 – £600 per month, depending on location.
Another great thing about being a VPS Guardian is the fact that bills are paid for in our weekly fee and that also includes council tax un-less the it’s a residential flat. Some properties will come furnished and some unfurnished, but all living essentials are available, such as bathroom utilities and cooking facilities.
What are the costs?
One of the best aspects of becoming a guardian is the fact that it’s far more affordable than renting, especially in some of the bigger cities within the UK. You can often find yourself living some beautiful (and very expensive!) parts of town, where most people can only dream of living, and often from only £60 per week.
So what’s the difference between a property guardian & tenant
Now, the definition of a tenant basically indicates that it is a person who rents property or land from the owner or landlord. The definition of a property guardian indicates that it is a person who protects a property or building. As you can see, there is quite a difference between the two definitions where the tenant is all about using a property as housing whereas the property guardian’s purpose is to protect and defend the property from others.
The Rights & Responsibilities Of A Tenant
As a tenant, you will be paying a monthly rent for a property that is typically a house, apartment or studio and this rent will be within the market rent for that type of property within the geographical area. You will have exclusive rights to the property while you’re renting and you will be protected under specific laws that govern tenants.
The Rights & Responsibilities Of A Property Guardian
Property guardians are people who pay a monthly fee for occupation of specific premises, however, this fee is usually quite low in comparison to monthly rent paid by tenants. However, the properties that are typically occupied by guardians are not typical houses or apartments, but buildings that are not usually used as family homes. They can be properties such as warehouses, old police buildings, churches, offices, museums etc.
One major difference between tenants and property guardians is that tenants can bring their family and kids to live in the house or apartment with them. However, guardians cannot bring their families and especially kids to live in the properties and most agencies only allow singles or professional couples to live there. This is because kids are not sufficiently protected under the laws that govern and they require a great deal more security than what is usually provided.
What are the requirements to become a property guardian?
To qualify to become one of our guardians, you must have:
- We require our Guardians to have a minimum annual salary of £16,000 or in the case of students give a suitable guarantor where needed
- Employer or character references from the past two years
- Required to undergo a full credit and reference check
- Be able to provide VPS with a DBS, Disclosure Barring Service (formerly a CRB) check undertaken by Gov.uk. The cost of the check is £23, it should have been undertaken in the last year. If not please can you visit https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record
- Proof of UK/EU residency or proof of right to stay in the UK
- No pets or dependents