Category: News and features

10 December 2021 | News and features

A victory for property guardianship

The law on property guardianship got even clearer this month, as the Court of Appeal ruled that guardians can’t dispute a possession order as long as the property guardian company has carried out its work correctly. Our founder, Katharine Hibbert, explores what this means for the sector and for Dot Dot Dot.

10 November 2021 | News and features

Dot Dot Dot announces our new Chief Executive

Everyone at Dot Dot Dot would like to thank our outgoing Chief Executive, Peter Brown, for his five years of leadership of our social enterprise.  He is standing down, and our current Director of Services, Mark Ackroyd, is stepping into the role.

How the Dot Dot Dot team volunteer their time to good causes

At Dot Dot Dot, we wouldn’t be able to support the volunteering efforts of our guardians without being socially-minded individuals ourselves, willing to dedicate time and energy to good causes. So, we caught up with members of our team to share some of the ways in which they have volunteered to support a wide range of communities in the UK and abroad, from a Chinese community centre in Soho to refugees in Calais.

Spotlight on: Serkan – saving for a mortgage with property guardianship

When Serkan joined our thriving community of guardians in central London, he had initially only been thinking of his short commute to work. But with the financial stability that came with monthly living costs being significantly lower than local market rates, Serkan was able to begin saving money immediately. After his partner Klaara also became a property guardian in late 2019, their savings pot steadily increased, and in March 2020 they were searching for their dream home to buy outside of London.

What “doing our best work” means in practice

One of our key goals at Dot Dot Dot is to “do our best work”. That mantra is meaningful to us because it expresses several different important concepts at once, explains our CEO, Peter Brown.

20 July 2021 | News and features

Never knowingly underhoused

At Dot Dot Dot, we know from our own experience and from our guardians that finding a home to rent in the private rented sector is a gamble. Creating an alternative to this uncertainty by providing well-managed, inexpensive homes is part of our reason for existence, explains our founder, Katharine Hibbert.

Dot Dot Dot and Keniston Housing Association announce partnership in Bromley

Outside of Bromley building in the sunshine

Former sheltered housing in Bromley is to become the base for a group of property guardians who volunteer in the local community, thanks to a new partnership between Dot Dot Dot and Keniston Housing Association. The first guardians moved into Robert Whyte House at the end of last week. They will aim to keep the… Read More

Silver linings on the high street

Our founder, Katharine Hibbert, explores the silver lining of Britain’s empty high streets: an opportunity to build back better.

Your guide to Bromley, south east London

Bromley was touted as one of the happiest spots to live in London, so it’s little surprise that the area is becoming increasingly popular with city dwellers looking to exchange overcrowded high streets for something a bit more down to earth. Discover our top picks in this underrated area.

15 January 2021 | News and features

The law has spoken – property guardianship and business rates

Until recently, the situation on business rates for buildings lived in by property guardians was clear – the buildings were exempt from the business rates which would normally be due on empty buildings, and liable for Council Tax instead.  The conclusion last month of a long-running court case has changed that.  This blog by our Founder Katharine Hibbert, explains the situation now, and gives Dot Dot Dot’s response.

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