We'll take care of your property

Our core mission is to help improve lives during a housing crisis. To do this, we work with property owners to unlock the potential of their empty buildings and resources, and give them a brand new purpose. The people we house to secure your buildings, the guardians, benefit from a cheaper alternative to the private rental market, and property owners get security and friendly neighbours in the communities they work in.

What makes Dot Dot Dot different?

Unlike other property guardian organisations, we use a volunteer-based approach. That means we only house people who want to volunteer for good causes. Each month, our guardians give 16 hours of their time to a charity of their choice. We’re extremely proud that, since we started in 2011, Dot Dot Dot guardians have contributed the equivalent of £6 million to the voluntary sector.

We believe that socially conscious, responsible and helpful people make the best guardians. They look out for their neighbours, report ASB and keep the properties and surroundings neat and tidy. Many of our guardians volunteer in the local area, helping your community to thrive.

Dot Dot Dot property in Queen's Park

Turning empty flats into inexpensive homes in Queen’s Park

We provide our guardians with inexpensive homes in a desirable, diverse and dynamic part of the capital. Meanwhile, buildings are kept safe, the local community is supported and positive social impact is generated through volunteering.

The benefits of working with Dot Dot Dot

Our extensive experience in a variety of contexts has proven that we provide effective empty property security because of our commitment to social value, not in spite of it.

  • Help improve lives

Your empty property could improve someone’s life. We’ve helped over 2000 people find inexpensive housing, so they have the time and energy to give back to causes they care about. We can also improve the lives of our clients too. While we keep your properties secure, you’ll have more time to focus on issues most important to you.

  • Empty property security

We select only the most responsible people to become guardians with us and look after your empty properties.

  • High quality building maintenance and management

We enforce minimum property standards and conduct comprehensive monthly inspections so we can quickly identify and deal with issues.

  • Financial savings

Our service can save you on council tax, utilities, repairs and maintenance costs. It is much more affordable than traditional empty property security services.

  • Flexibility

We mobilise properties and guardians quickly, requiring just 32 days’ notice to hand an asset back. We can work around your plans, even when they change, and you don’t have to make long-term commitments.

  • Stakeholder relationship management and corporate social responsibility (CSR)

To ensure the sensitive handling of meanwhile projects, we support relationships with stakeholders, including neighbours, the wider community and planning authorities. We can also offer tailored CSR support on communicating the social impact Dot Dot Dot guardians make, so you can spread the word too.

  • Economic regeneration

From boosting local businesses to running their own, our guardians are an asset to their local communities beyond just the voluntary work they contribute. They increase footfall and boost economic development in areas like Poplar in east London and Thamesmead in south east London.


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Dot Dot Dot guardians volunteering gardening