How to become a property guardian

Being a property guardian is different from renting privately, and the process to become a Dot Dot Dot guardian reflects this.

Our application process


  1. Attend our virtual ‘Introduction to Dot Dot Dot’ session so that you can make an informed decision about whether guardianship is for you. 
  2. We’ll send you an online application form to fill out after this session
  3. If successful, you’ll be able to book onto our group property viewings
  4. Let us know if you’re interested in a particular property
  5. Complete a telephone interview with us
  6. If successful, we will offer you the property and complete an advanced credit and reference check performed by third-party provider, LetHQ

Our eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Live without any children under 18
  • Live without any pets or animals
  • Demonstrate an annual income or savings of 30x the monthly licence fee
  • Have the right to rent in the UK
  • Provide a solid move on plan for when you are given 28 days’ notice to leave the property

Things to consider

Being a property guardian is not the same as renting in the private sector. To keep properties safe and secure for our property owners some of our rules include: 

  • No smoking or vaping inside your property
  • No candles or naked flames, including gas appliances and incense
  • No children under 18 are allowed to stay overnight at the property
  • No pets in the property
  • No parties, and no more than three guests over at once
  • Written permission is required if you are planning a trip away for longer than 14 days
  • Respond to all communications from us within two days, or more quickly if urgent
Property guardian sitting on their sofa.

Join an introductory session

The first step to becoming a Dot Dot Dot guardian is to attend an online introductory session. You’ll learn whether the lifestyle could suit you, and how to volunteer.