Application Form

Apply to become a Dot Dot Dot Property Guardian

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Property guardian application form

The information you provide in this application form enables us to assess if you are a suitable candidate for property guardianship. To check our applicant criteria, please visit our webpage 'What does it mean to be a property guardian?'

The form will take around 10-15 minutes to complete and asks key details about you, your finances and volunteering interests. It cannot be saved and returned to, so please set aside time to complete the form in one sitting.

Before you start, please have the following items ready to upload as part of your application:

- a copy of your passport (or ID card)

- a copy of your visa (if applicable)

We will review your application as soon as possible (we aim to get back to you within two working days). 

If you are an existing Dot Dot Dot property guardian and are looking to move to a different property, please contact your relationship coordinator. 

As a social enterprise, part of our mission is to create social value through the way we operate. We therefore need to ensure that all of our applicants are up for volunteering 16 hours a month for good causes. 

As Dot Dot Dot, we don't allow anyone under the age of 18 to live in our properties. Property guardians need to be ready to move house with 28 days' notice whenever a property owner would like their building back. This is much harder for children who need continuity and access to schooling, nurseries and GP services than it is for flexible, independent adults. 

As building security and maintenance are paramount to property guardianship, we are unable to house animals in our properties. 

As Dot Dot Dot guardians are licence holders and not tenants, you could be asked to move on from the property with 28 days' notice. We require all guardians to have a move-on plan which covers where they will stay and how they will manage when given notice. 

As most of our properties come unfurnished, you will need to be prepared to source your own furniture. This includes an oven and white goods.

We are unable to offer property guardianships to those who have unspent criminal convictions. 

If you are matched with a property, you will need to pay a one-off refundable security payment (equivalent of five weeks' of fees), plus the monthly licence fee which can range between £300-£1,000. Depending on the property, you may also need to budget for your share of the bills and council tax. Monthly licence fees vary for every property and are advertised on our website. 

Your personal information will be stored securely and is processed and shared in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 2018. By ticking this box, you confirm that you consent to Dot Dot Dot Property Ltd retaining your information in line with our Privacy Notice (if you do not consent we will be unable to process your application.)  

About you

As per passport/ID

As per passport/ID

How would you like us to address you?

Select multiple by holding the ctrl key.


Please upload proof of your identity

We require a government-issued photographic (ID) that is currently valid.
Please upload either a:

  • Valid passport
  • National identity card, or
  • Photocard Driving Licence AND birth certificate (driving licence must be full or provisional ensuring both the photograph and the entitlement to drive are within date). Please note, we cannot accept a driving licence alone, it must be accompanied by a copy of your birth certificate. Use the extra box below if needed for the second form of ID.

For driving licence or birth certificate only.

Please enter 'Yes' or 'No' with any relevant details.


Finances and employment

As a Dot Dot Dot property guardian, you will need to pay a monthly licence fee, plus utilities and council tax in most cases. You will also need to pay a refundable security payment (the equivalent of five weeks' fees).

This includes universal credit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit and income support.

We will ask for your most recent 3 months' bank statements which show transactions at a later stage to verify the information you have provided. This will include any evidence of savings accounts.

Please note that if you are not in permanent employment we may require an additional three months of bank statements.

Please add more information here if you answered 'Other' above, or if you have a second employment status e.g. you are also a student while working part time.

If student or unemployed, please write N/A

If student or unemployed, please write N/A

If student or unemployed, please write N/A.

Having contact details for your referees in advance helps us to get you housed as quickly as possible. Please provide us with:

1) a professional reference e.g. from an employer/landlord.
2) a character reference e.g. from a colleague - not a friend or family member.

We will not contact your referees until you have formally expressed interest in a property.

Dot Dot Dot housing

We treat everyone as individual applicants who pay individual fees, regardless of whether you are planning on sharing a property with someone. Please select as appropriate and enter the email address(es) of those you are planning to live with. They will need to complete their own application form in order to be considered for guardianship.
Please enter the email address or addresses of who you are applying with below:

Your move on plan

As a property guardian with us, you will at some point be asked to move from the property you're in with 28 days' notice. This could be because a property owner needs the building back.

E.g. private rental, other guardianships, move in with family/ friends.

Your volunteering interests

By providing you with safe, well-managed and inexpensive homes, we can help you free up some of your time and energy to spend it leading the life you want to live and contributing to causes you care about.

Dot Dot Dot property guardians commit to volunteering for at least 16 hours a month for charitable causes while they are housed with us. This can include any current volunteering - the only volunteering we don't accept is political campaigning. To understand what are defined as charitable causes, visit the Charity Commission's webpage on the GOV.UK website.

Equal opportunities monitoring

We use this anonymised data to understand patterns in applications and to help us ensure our services are accessible. We do not use personal information of this nature to make decisions about whether to offer housing. 

And finally...

We will review your application form as soon as possible (we aim to get back to you within two working days).