About Dot Dot Dot

Dot Dot Dot is a social enterprise which provides safe, affordable housing to property guardians who volunteer for good causes. We were founded in 2011 by Katharine Hibbert, who came up with the idea for a socially responsible property guardianship whilst writing about the plight of empty buildings in the UK. Whilst there were other property guardian companies out there, none were focused on creating a positive social impact.

She believed that if you provided people with safe, affordable housing they would have more time and energy to do other things that mattered to them:

  • Time because not having to pay high rent can enable people to work fewer hours, or people can live closer to their jobs and therefore cut down on commuting time;
  • Energy because reducing anxieties linked to financial hardship, and unsafe or unsuitable housing, would mean people were in a better place emotionally to think about contributing to a cause.

Since we were established, we have given hundreds of empty properties a new purpose by turning them into homes for community-minded people who volunteer for 16 hours a month, enabling the buildings to become hubs of social value.

We work across London and the south east with a variety of clients – principally councils, housing associations and property developers. Our property owners get responsible guardians to look after their empty properties, resulting in better security and flexibility. Guardians get well managed, affordable homes, so they can focus on what really matters to them. And communities get neighbours who use their extra time and energy to give back. We call it  property guardianship with purpose.

How to find us

You can find us in our office in Stratford, London.

Dot Dot Dot Property Ltd is a company registered in England under number 07668545.