Category: Property management

24 May 2022 | Property management

Supporting regeneration in Oxford, the city of dreaming spires

In July 2019, we agreed with A2Dominion, a housing association with a social purpose, to secure vacant flats on an estate in Oxford during a regeneration project. Our extensive experience of working within regeneration schemes and our ability to tailor our approach as required meant that we were well-prepared to be the strategic partner that A2Dominion needed. 

31 March 2022 | Property management

Why we’re increasing our guardians’ licence fees

Back in early 2020 we were due to roll out increases to licence fees across our portfolio…and then Covid-19 hit. We explain why we’re now increasing our guardians’ licence fees, the factors we take into account when setting our fees, and the rules and requirements that we maintain in order to make guardianship viable and effective.

How we work with LB Brent to turn empty flats into inexpensive homes in Queen’s Park

The regeneration of South Kilburn in Queen’s Park is a 15-year project aiming to deliver over 2,400 new homes as part of a sustainable and mixed neighbourhood. Flats are vacated in phases to prepare blocks for demolition. However, leaving them empty can risk them becoming the target of anti-social behaviour or can mean maintenance issues that could affect existing residents aren’t spotted.

Dot Dot Dot and LB Brent turn empty flats into inexpensive homes in South Kilburn

Ines, Dot Dot Dot property guardian in Queen's Park

Empty flats in a housing estate scheduled for demolition as part of a major regeneration programme are now inexpensive homes for people who volunteer, thanks to a new partnership between Dot Dot Dot and the London Borough of Brent.

How we work with housing associations

Our work with housing associations began back in 2011, when Andrea Baker, Poplar HARCA’s Director of Housing and Corporate Services, met Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert. Since then, we have partnered with over 20 housing associations across England, most often in regeneration contexts, to secure empty buildings with property guardians, and we still work with Poplar HARCA today. 

Helping clients weather a perfect storm

With rising costs and reduced resources, it can be hard for property owners to invest any time in considering the best option for their empty buildings. Yet just a little bit of work up front will reap great financial and social benefits once properties are under our management, explains Dot Dot Dot CEO, Mark Ackroyd.

26 October 2021 | Property management

How guardianship can complement Temporary Accommodation

Housing homeless families is rightly a priority for local authorities. But Dot Dot Dot guardians can be a helpful addition to communities and council’s regeneration plans, explains CEO Peter Brown.

How our green-fingered guardians give their homes ‘kerb appeal’

While property security, social impact and making good use of an otherwise wasted asset are the main reasons people come to us, keeping buildings cared for aesthetically makes a big difference to property owners, neighbours and to the guardians themselves explains Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert.

All handbacks great and small: achieving vacant possession

In this month’s blog, we discuss the process of achieving vacant possession, and take a look at some of our most recent handbacks in Shoreham-by-Sea, Lewisham and Whitechapel. Although diverse in size and type, the process we follow to mitigate risks, review our processes and achieve vacant possession is the same, and each project is awarded the same care and attention to detail that we demonstrate throughout our work.

21 May 2021 | Property management

Counting the costs of empty properties

Many property owners focus on the lost rental revenue when calculating the cost of an empty building, but, says Dot Dot Dot chief executive Peter Brown, there are many more savings to be had when using property guardians.

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