Dot Dot Dot has worked with Brent Council for a number of years now, turning their empty buildings into inexpensive accommodation for property guardians. We currently manage 23 flats in north-west London owned by Brent.
In recent months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to take on many more flats in a Brent block that’s almost entirely vacant. These low-cost flats are now ready for property guardians who volunteer for good causes.
So, here’s everything you need to know if you want to live in north London without the hefty price tag.
No building that can be turned into safe accommodation should ever stand empty – especially not during a housing crisis.
Not too far from the greenery of Queen’s Park, the block is currently sitexed. Not only an eyesore, the building is also a target for anti-social behaviour which ultimately puts the nearby community at risk.
From fixing boilers to clearing the properties, the Dot Dot Dot team has been working tirelessly to bring these flats back to a liveable, safe standard over the past few months.
Revitilising Queen’s Park
In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing the sitex down and placing great guardians in these fantastic north-west London flats.
Our new Queen’s Park guardians will provide live-in security for the block, report any anti-social behaviour directly to us and look after the properties. Each guardian will also volunteer for 16 hours each month, dedicating their time to the neighbourhood and local good causes.
Our guardians will also play a vital role in building up the community. And their presence will bring the building back to life and revitalise the local area.
The flats in north-west London
The flats themselves are all 3-bed properties and many are set across two floors. They consist of one large double room, and two slightly smaller bedrooms. Each flat has its own kitchen, spacious living room, bathroom and WC. You can take a virtual tour of an example flat here.
The block is less than ten minutes’ walk from Queen’s Park tube station (Zone 2) which offers great travel links into the city centre. You can find out more about the local area on our available properties page.
You’ll be able to live alone in a spacious 3-bed property for £800pcm; share with a friend or partner for £520pcm per person; or share with up to two others for £400pcm per person. Find out more about our eligibility criteria here.
The property guardians
We’re on the lookout for proactive and resilient people with a genuine passion for helping others. You’ll need to be comfortable living in a building that’s in the process of being rejuvenated. Our new Queen’s Park guardians will be friendly neighbours and able to tackle any minor repairs themselves.
To become a guardian, you’ll need to be happy to furnish the space yourself! These low-cost north-west London flats will need a lick of paint and floor covering in places. We always encourage guardians to make the space their own (whilst remembering the property guardianship is a temporary form of living).