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The latest news and press from VPS Guardians

Latest News and Press

Refer a friend and earn £50!


Refer a friend and receive a £50 reward after the new guardian has lived at VPS Guardians’ property for at least 3 months. Just ensure your friend tells us that you referred them when they register with us.

How does VPS Guardians “Refer a friend” program work?
  • Find friends who are interested in becoming vacant property guardians
  • Ask them to fill out a form at https://www.vps-guardians.co.u...
  • We will then contact them with available properties & arrange viewings
  • Email their name to [email protected] so we can track the application
About Guardian Living

We have various properties, such as houses, flats, libraries and care homes that need property guardians to live in them. Typically rent is only £250 - £600 a month, depending on location. VPS will ensure all living essentials are available, such as bathroom utilities and cooking facilities. Please note that some properties may be unfurnished, but all bills are included in our weekly fee, including council tax un less the property is a residential flat.

To qualify to be a VPS Guardian, people must:
  • A minimum annual salary of £16,000
  • Ability to provide references (employer and/or character references) for the last 2 years
  • Required to undergo a DBS - Disclosure Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and a credit check
  • Proof of UK/EU residency (or proof of indefinite right to remain in the UK)
  • No pets; no dependents

Please ensure that the person you suggest is happy to be put forward, and is able to attend a face to face interview if necessary.

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Safety First: The Law on Property Guardians Providers Cooperate to Raise Standards Across Property Guardianship Industry

VPS are delighted to highlight a white paper published today that sets out the legal & safety obligations for guardians and property owners. It has been issued by VPS and six other property guardian companies, working together to drive up standards, and to help inform and safeguard the interests of both property owners and guardians.

‘The Law on Property Guardians’ details the current legal status for guardians, the compliance requirements and the health and safety obligations that providers of property guardian schemes must meet. Written by a prominent, independent legal team, comprising a leading housing lawyer, a QC and a barrister, the white paper sets out to ensure better practice in the industry through a minimum common standard.

Doug Edwards, the Managing Director for VPS Guardians explains: “The providers wanted to benchmark what is the current legal status of a guardian, and what the obligations are for the owners or management companies for premises being used to house guardians. This document will help inform all stakeholders and support our aim to promote best practice across the industry, advocating that all legal and safety standards and regulations are adhered to, or exceeded, by property guardian providers.”

“Running a property guardians’ programme not only helps to secure properties that are temporarily vacant, but in a small way all helps to alleviate the pressure on housing. Properly run providers ensure such schemes are managed ethically and safely.” Doug concludes.

Click here to download the paper.

Three key points emerging from it are:

i) Health and safety requirements apply to all buildings where Property Guardians live, whether they are commercial, residential or other types.

ii) Fire safety, gas safety and any potential on-site hazards fall under the same regulations as tenants, and are enforceable by the same authorities.

iii) Property guardians sign-up as licensees, not tenants; two of the key differences include non-exclusive occupation of the premises and shorter notices to leave. In return, guardians live in low-cost accommodation.

The providers group commissioned top housing lawyer, Giles Peaker, and a principal QC and barrister-in-law from Arden Chambers, Andrew Arden and Andrew Dymond.