Empty Property Security

Let us take care of your empty property

Dot Dot Dot’s approach to property guardians and protecting empty property

Dot Dot Dot is an award-winning social enterprise and a different kind of property guardian company. We have a strong track record in providing vacant property protection and achieve this through placing and managing excellent property guardians who are committed to the local area. Our focus on social impact and quality of service are the two key differentiators with other property guardian companies.

Security & Financial Savings

We provide reliable protection and financial savings for owners of all types of empty properties

Social Value

All our property guardians volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month for a range of local and national causes

Care for Buildings

Good people make great guardians, conscientiously reporting anti-social behaviour and safety issues

Flexibility

We house people on temporary licences giving you the flexibility to take a property back with 30 days’ notice

Placemaking

Our property guardians create enthusiasm, new activities and positive stories through their work and volunteering


“Dot Dot Dot and their wonderful guardians enhance the properties they live in and keep secure for us… and have proved to be invaluable partners in achieving our aims.”
Andrea Baker, Director of Housing, Poplar HARCA

“Guardians have occupied vacant spaces while the estate undergoes a significant period of transition, helping reduce anti-social behaviour as well as providing friendly neighbours for remaining tenants.”
Gillian Dart, Thamesmead Regeneration Project Officer, Peabody


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We have a strong track record in a range of properties and communities

Regeneration
Projects

Since 2011 we have delivered “meanwhile residential use” in areas undergoing regeneration. During times of change, our property guardians retain a sense of community and they contribute to wider placemaking efforts

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Development
Sites

Much more than an alternative to conventional security. We understand that timeframes are fixed and important. Moreover, our service can be a way for developers to demonstrate that they are responsible stewards of assets.

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Commercial
Property

Our service also works in properties which were not originally intended for residential use. Property guardians can live in commercial properties, providing security and mitigating business rates while in occupation

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Living Alongside Residents

Dot Dot Dot property guardians are responsible, sensitive people who are able to live alongside residents in a variety of sheltered schemes. Our approach based on quality and social impact makes us uniquely suited to these contexts

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“We have an extremely positive relationship with Dot Dot Dot and are particularly impressed with their careful selection of guardians who share in Dot Dot Dot’s social values and ethos. This has had a beneficial impact for the local community as well as ensuring the property is in safe hands. We are very pleased to have the building managed and cared for by them.”
Robert Lines, Estates Surveyor for London Borough of Croydon 

“The partnership that we have with Dot Dot Dot has been the most successful of any relationship we have had with a property guardian company. All of the Dot Dot Dot guardians that I have met over the last few years (and that has been a lot) have treated our buildings like their homes – that for me is the difference.”
Tracy Cullen, Chief Executive, CCHA


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The benefits of working with Dot Dot Dot

Financial:

Our service can save owners on business rates, council tax, utilities, repairs and maintenance costs, as well as being cheaper than alternative empty property security services

Building Management:

Empty buildings are lived in and looked after, property guardians spot and report issues early, and Dot Dot Dot carefully manage properties (with an ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System) to reduce the strain on your internal resources so that you can focus on the things that matter

Community & Public Relations:

Property guardians make friendly neighbours and increase footfall in the area, all while creating social value locally, and reducing and reporting anti-social behaviour. Dot Dot Dot's expertise includes public relations and community engagement work, building on the positive impact of our property guardians


“Having bought into the concept of property guardianship, it was important to work with an ethical provider. We therefore have a strong alignment with Dot Dot Dot. In addition, they have been a pleasure to work with in terms of their approach and attitude. Communication has been proactive and timely, which has helped to reassure us that our building is in safe hands.”
Martin C, charity Finance Director


“Red Kite’s partnership with Dot Dot Dot has been an outstanding success. They’ve provided a first class personal service tailored to meet our requirements and share our commitment to delivering social value. We’ve saved over £120,000 in security costs.”
Donna Samson, Development Manager, Red Kite Community Housing



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We're a different type of property guardian company

The way we
do property
guardianship
benefits eveyone
involved in the process

We choose great property guardians and look after them well
Carefully chosen, well-managed property guardians look after buildings diligently
Inexpensive housing allow property guardians to volunteer more

We're a friendly and committed team

You will be assigned a Relationship Manager who will be your point of contact. They will manage your empty properties and the property guardians securing them.

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Great people managed carefully leads to the best possible outcome for property owners

That’s why we have one of the most thorough vetting procedures and attentive ongoing management processes in the sector - get in touch for more detail

We secure and manage properties across England

A different sort of living in the heart of Brixton market, SW9

Brixton, London SW9, United Kingdom

We’ve just taken on an old community centre ideal for a couple or for one person looking for more space. This is a great property only minutes away from Brixton tube station. It has a medium sized bedroom and a large spare room with a kitchenette. This could be used as a living area but also with room for a desk or an art space/studio corner.

There’s a toilet and sink as bathroom facilities. The property does not have a shower but we have included a gym membership within your monthly fee so you have access to showering facilities. The property is unfurnished with no white goods so a great chance to turn a space into a home.

There is only one property of this kind so don’t miss out and take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. We anticipate more properties in this location will be available soon after, so watch this space too.

1- and 2-bed flats near Hendon station NW9

61 Cool Oak Ln, London NW9 7NB, UK

A new guardian community

Dot Dot Dot will be offering housing in West Hendon soon. We are looking forward to creating a great community of property guardians, all of whom benefit from more affordable housing while they look after the buildings where they live.

Our guardians will also support the neighbourhood and become part of the local community through their volunteering for good causes:

“I chose to be a guardian because I love the idea that you are part of a community in such a large city” Jasmine (Peckham)

“I have been living in the area for longer than a year and I have friends here and we help each other. I like that. It makes me feel as if I have been living in the area for ever.” Esther (High Wycombe)

“I feel like I have gotten to know the area well, joining in on local community events and using community spaces, making connections with local residents.” Miriam (Poplar)

Longer-term opportunity

It is the start of a long and complex regeneration programme, so this is a chance to build and shape a long-term property guardian community. Buildings will become available and be handed back in phases, so there should be opportunities to move locally for several years.

More information and next steps

We will post more info here as soon as we have it. If you want to be the first to find out about the West Hendon properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

1- and 2-bed flats near High Barnet station EN5

Dollis Valley Estate, Barnet, United Kingdom

A new guardian community

Dot Dot Dot will be offering housing in High Barnet soon. We are looking forward to creating a great community of property guardians, all of whom benefit from more affordable housing while they look after the buildings where they live.

Our guardians will also support the neighbourhood and become part of the local community through their volunteering for good causes:

“I chose to be a guardian because I love the idea that you are part of a community in such a large city” Jasmine (Peckham)

“I have been living in the area for longer than a year and I have friends here and we help each other. I like that. It makes me feel as if I have been living in the area for ever.” Esther (High Wycombe)

“I feel like I have gotten to know the area well, joining in on local community events and using community spaces, making connections with local residents.” Miriam (Poplar)

Longer-term opportunity

It is the start of a long and complex regeneration programme, so this is a chance to build and shape a long-term property guardian community. Buildings will become available and be handed back in phases, so there should be opportunities to move locally for several years.

More information and next steps

We will post more info here as soon as we have it. If you want to be the first to find out about the High Barnet properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

Old school living opportunity in Central Croydon CR0

37 Tamworth Road, Croydon, United Kingdom

Do you want to live in a big Victorian property without breaking the bank? Now’s your chance, with this beautiful old school in Croydon. We have a range of rooms to suit all budgets, with some very large bedrooms which will be perfect for couples or people looking to use their room as a studio too.

The property is spread over four floors and has a massive amount of space. The rooms have high ceilings and large windows and there are communal living rooms too.

It’s a great chance to build a community of friendly guardians within the building and to be part of our growing group of local property guardians – we house people nearby in West Croydon too. And if you work in central London, then it’s still convenient too. You can be in London Bridge within 25 minutes door-to-door.

Take our guardian quiz to apply for a space here.

Brilliant value modern flats, in Peckham Rye SE15

131 Peckham Rye, London SE15 3UL, UK

We’re taking on several flats in Peckham, right next to Peckham Rye. We believe this represents some of the best value housing in a sought-after part of South London. We’re looking for great guardians keen to build a sense of community to move in.

The flats are recent builds and very appealing. Many have direct views over Peckham Rye and Peckham Rye Station is a short walk away. Prices range from £410 – £425 a month. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – apply now.

Live differently in an amazing West London building, in Notting Hill W2

20 Clanricarde Gardens, London W2 4NA, UK

We have an unprecedented opportunity to live in an amazing property in West London. The property is situated close to Notting Hill Gate, Hyde Park, Queensway and Bayswater, and we’re looking for community-minded guardians to move in.

This will represent comfortably the best value housing in West London. We will have studio flats on offer with amazing period features: fire places, high ceilings, huge windows and balconies. Bathroom facilities are shared between 2-3 people. Some of these Notting Hill flats will have white goods and ovens included. Prices will start from £300-£500 a month and there will be options for every budget!

We will be looking for guardians interested in volunteering on local projects related to the building and community around it.  Don’t miss this opportunity: apply now.

Build your community in East London, in Bow E3

Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

This is your chance to live differently and build your own community in East London. We’ve got spacious flats available now!

You’ll get lots of space and the opportunity to redecorate as you like. We’d encourage applications from creatives and artists in particular. Why? Because along with the flat you live in you could also have access to a separate studio for working and creating. This is an exciting opportunity to live, work, create and build community.

Prices start from £500 a month, including utilities but not council tax. If you’re interested in getting involved, apply now.

Affordable rooms in the heart of Cambridge CB2

Cambridge, UK

We have extremely well located rooms available in Cambridge.  This is a unique opportunity to live communally in the city centre! We have large rooms with shared bathroom facilities in an interesting residential building.

They are in the heart of the city, close to transport links, shopping and the University. Prices start from £400 per month, including all bills.

If you’d be interested in living in some of this affordable housing in Cambridge, please apply now.

Huge space, ideal for creatives, in Ponders End EN3

Ponders End, Enfield, United Kingdom

We have a very sizeable and quirky former commercial property in Enfield that would be ideal for creatives looking to take on more space. It’s situated in Ponders End in Enfield, a short walk from several London Overground stations including Edmonton. The property is also a short walk to Ponders End train station, from where there are regular trains to Liverpool Street. The price is £400 per month including electricity, water and Council Tax. This is great value for the amount of space you get!

If you’re interested in this property, apply now.

Beautiful 3 bedroom house, in High Wycombe HP13

High Wycombe HP13 7TS, United Kingdom

Most of our properties in High Wycombe are flats, but we also have a delightful 3 bedroom house in Central High Wycombe. There is currently one guardian housed there but we are looking to house one more person. There would be plenty of room to share. The room is £220 per month. We think this represents some of the best value housing in Buckinghamshire.

The house is spread over two floors and has a huge lounge as well as a dining area. The bedrooms are spacious with lovely wooden floorboards. There’s parking on site and the rail station is a 5 minute drive.

In our properties in High Wycombe, you get tonnes of space, freedom to redecorate and access to a great community of guardians. But our properties in High Wycombe don’t stay empty for long, so take our guardian quiz today to apply if you would be interested in living here in future.

Large flats in great condition, in Bourne End SL8

Marlow Rd, Wooburn Green, Bourne End SL8 5TG, UK

We have a number of lovely flats in an idyllic semi-rural location in Bourne End. This is just outside of High Wycombe and well-connected to the surrounding area by road, bus and rail. Our properties in High Wycombe are all within a 20 minute drive.

Our flats here represent fantastic value, with prices starting at £282 per month excluding bills. All our flats in Bourne End have large amount of internal space and we have 1-bed flats currently available. Shops and amenities are a short walk away and there’s also a delightful stretch of river close by.

If you’d be interested in being housed here in future, take our guardian quiz and apply now.

Brilliant value self-contained flats in Loudwater, HP10

29 Norwood Rd, Loudwater, High Wycombe HP10 9UU, UK

We have several one bedroom flats and studios in Loudwater, close to High Wycombe. These flats are in a building of 17 guardians and are some of the best value housing in the area.

They’re in a quiet, residential area but with excellent transport links and road access into High Wycombe and London.

Prices start at £282 per month excluding bills – amongst the cheapest property in Buckinghamshire! If you’re interested in being housed here in future, apply now.

Affordable East London flats, in Royal Victoria E16

25 Coolfin Rd, London E16, UK

We are housing guardians in some of the best value properties in East London. We have a number of spacious 2-bedroom flats with an extra room for a study or stusio. These properties are next door to the ExCel Centre, just a few minutes’ walk to Royal Victoria DLR or Prince Regent DLR, so less than 30 minutes to Stratford door to door.

These generously sized property guardianship flats in Newham are suitable for friends to share or couples looking for more space, each featuring a kitchen, living room, a study and double bedrooms.

To apply for a property in Royal Victoria, take our guardian quiz.

A Regency Villa in Wisbech PE13

Horse Fair, Wisbech PE13 1AR, United Kingdom

Escape the city with this unique opportunity to live in a Regency Villa in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

There are spaces for five guardians in a large and unusual building, set within a magnificent garden. The bedrooms are in former offices. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared between guardians. The building is in a very central location in Wisbech and available for viewings now. This would be ideal for artists, creatives or anyone looking to live in a quirky space.

If you’re interested in living in this property, the next step is to take our guardian quiz.

Great value 4-bedroom house, in Crystal Palace SE19

114-118 Auckland Rd, London SE19, UK

We have two lovely 4 bedroom shared houses in Crystal Palace, with 2 rooms currently available. These would be ideal for a group of friends or individuals looking to live with like-minded people in a calm and leafy area of South London. The properties in Crystal Palace are spacious and a short walk from the Overground station. Local amenities, beautiful parks and facilities are a 2-3 minute walk away, and the house has a large garden of its own. The property is perfect for those looking for green space whilst maintaining quick and easy links into Central London.

If you’re interested in coming along to a viewing, apply now.

Spacious East London flats, in Canning Town E16

30 Tant Ave, London E16 1JF, UK

We have some great value 2-bedroom maisonettes available in Canning Town in east London. They have a small study with an open plan dining and living room. There are wooden floors throughout plus a back garden.

They are in a superb location, close to DLR and Jubilee connections as well as local amenities.

To apply for a property in Canning Town, take our guardian quiz.

Amazing building for community living, in Sheffield S4

4 Carwood Rd, Sheffield S4 7SF, UK

We have a beautiful property in Sheffield S4, close to the city centre. We have massive rooms available, spread over 3 floors. We’re looking to build a community of property guardians in Sheffield and want you to be part of it.

It’s a chance to be part of something new and exciting, and great if you’re looking for more space. It’s also ideal for creatives looking for work/live space in Sheffield. A painters paradise or musicians mansion!

You’ll be able to redecorate however you like, and there’s plenty of communal space as well.

So get involved and be part of something big in Sheffield! Take our guardian quiz to apply, and we’ll let you know when more spaces become available.

Amazing value studio flats, in Shoreham-by-Sea BN43

Station Approach, Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom

Join our community on the south coast in some of the best value housing in Shoreham-by-Sea. We’ve got a lovely bunch of property guardians in Shoreham, and there’ s now a chance to join them in future!

The property itself consists of cosy flats with their own toilet and kitchen, and shared shower facilities. It’s one of the most affordable housing options on the south coast, and only one minute walk from Shoreham-by-Sea train station.

So don’t miss out on this opportunity. Take our guardian quiz today.

 

Huge, homely shared house, in West Croydon CR0

Frederick Gardens, Croydon, United Kingdom

We’ve got a room available in a huge, homely shared property in West Croydon.

The property is spread over 3 floors and has a massive amount of space, including a beautiful garden which is great in all seasons. It’s in very good condition, many white goods and appliances are included, and there is also a lovely living area. There are a couple of guardians already housed there but with the property layout, you each have lots of space. A great chance to join our growing community of property guardians in Croydon.

This is a shared space, so you’d be joining a great group of people in making it an amazing home. Take our guardian quiz to apply for a space here.

 

Great value West London flats, in Ealing W7

Ealing, London, United Kingdom

We have a growing community in Ealing. We have several properties in this area, which is a short bus ride to Ealing Broadway. We currently have a 2-bed maisonette available.

If you’d be interested in living here in future, take our guardian quiz.

Great value East London flats, in Poplar E14

Poplar, London, United Kingdom

Poplar is one of Dot Dot Dot’s longest standing areas. We have had guardians here in various good value properties since 2014. We are currently offering guardianships in a variety of 2 and 3 bedroom flats and maisonettes. This is some of the city’s best value housing in a vibrant area of East London.

The properties are spacious and close to DLR stations meaning quick access to Bank, Canary Wharf, Stratford and South East London. Currently we have properties available close to Langdon Park, Bromley-by-Bow, Chrisp Street Market and Mile End.

If you’d like this opportunity to live affordably in East London then please apply now.

Live differently in South London, in Eltham SE9

Eltham, London SE9, United Kingdom

We have a community of 9 guardians living in an interesting and quirky shared property in Eltham already. This is some of the most affordable housing in South London and more rooms are available now. These rooms in Eltham are a short journey from Goldsmith’s, New Cross, Peckham and Lewisham.  If you’re interested in joining them, take our guardian quiz now.

Welcoming house share in great condition, in Morden SM4

Morden, SM4

We have a community of guardians living in a homely 8 bedroom shared property in Morden. The kitchen and communal lounge are delightfully furnished and it has a spacious garden.

Rooms here don’t stay empty long! If you’re interested in living in this property in Morden, take our guardian quiz.

Some of London’s best value housing in Abbey Wood SE2

Abbey Wood, London SE2, United Kingdom

Dot Dot Dot guardians have been living in Abbey Wood since 2014. With over 60 individuals occupying spaces locally, we are searching for more great guardians to join this already thriving community.

We have a brilliant 4-bed house and some 1-bed flats available, spaces priced between £217 – 325 per guardian. These each have a garden and would be great for friends looking to share or for couples looking for more space. Single occupancy rates are available upon request.

The monthly fee does not include utilities or council tax.

Please register your interest and take our guardian quiz.

Affordable flats with lots of space, in High Wycombe HP12 & HP13

High Wycombe, United Kingdom

We have ongoing availability for properties in the Cressex, Micklefield and Castlefield areas of High Wycombe. The majority of these are one or two bedroom flats that represent incredible value for the area.

We currently have a mix of one and two bedroom flats – some of the most affordable housing in the region! These flats are from £282 – £300 per month excluding bills and have loads of living and bedroom space, as well as a modern kitchen.

In our properties around High Wycombe, you get tonnes of space, freedom to redecorate and access to a great community of guardians. But our properties in High Wycombe don’t stay empty for along, so take our guardian quiz today to apply.

 

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