Become a guardian

As long as there is a housing crisis, we’ll work to improve lives by bringing empty buildings back into use as inexpensive, temporary homes. As a property guardian, you’ll ensure the security of the space and look after the local community through charitable work on causes you care about.

Property guardian standing on balcony

Benefits of being a property guardian

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    Volunteer for good causes

    Dot Dot Dot guardians volunteer for 16 hours each month for any cause they are passionate about

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    Flexible contract

    You only need to give us 28 days' notice to end your licence agreement and leave the property

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    Gain new skills

    Learn new skills and build connections through volunteering

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    Larger living spaces

    Our budget-friendly properties enable you to live alone in great locations

A Dot Dot Dot property guardian standing in their hallway.

I have a room dedicated to my creative things, a room dedicated to my clothes, a bedroom, separate living room and a kitchen. All for less money than I’d pay renting a room in London. It’s not permanent, but for now, it’s my little paradise.


current Poplar guardian

Property guardian sitting on their sofa.

Before I became a Dot Dot Dot property guardian, I lived at home with my mum and younger brother. I wanted to move into my own space, but didn’t think this would be possible until I found Dot Dot Dot.


former High Wycombe guardian

Guardian, jerry, smiling and sitting on his sofa.

When I was sharing a house with other people, even with just one other person, I almost always had someone to distract me. Having the chance to live by myself was the main reason I became a Dot Dot Dot guardian.


Former High Wycombe guardian

Guardian Haami talking.

Living as a Dot Dot Dot guardian is one of the only ways to get my own space in London. My entire flat is the same price as a room I was renting in a shared house. It’s temporary form of living; a stepping stone to somewhere else.


Current Queen's Park guardian

Our impact in 2023

Improving lives in a housing crisis.


the average amount saved on rent by each guardian


average hours of social impact created by each guardian per year


guardians housed with us since 2011