I'm a twenty-something who's still lucky enough to have no big responsibilities or commitments. I have big dreams and aspirations however, so it's important for me to live close to the centre at a price I can save and live comfortably.
I heard of being a property guardian a few years back from friends of friends living in quirky buildings such as offices, ex care-homes or hospitals. It seemed like an alternative way to live cheaply and not be forced to move out to the 'sticks' or live on beans.
I was in a position recently where I was forced to vacate my flat earlier than I had expected. So I thought I'd give Global Guardians a go. I had filled out an application months back and had heard no response, so I thought I'd try calling them directly. They were extremely friendly and willing to help me find adequate accommodation.
They were very new onto the property management scene when I first scoped them out. I've now come to understand that they're managing a large number of properties on a small budget and workforce. They really care about your interests and I believe they do a fantastic job.
It takes a little bit of time to come to terms with this different living arrangement. You contribute by paying a license fee, not exactly rent. You don't have tenancy rights, you're a property guardian, and it's not known for sure how long you'll be needed at your given address. But most properties are usually inclusive of all bills. The notice period to leave is 4 weeks which works both ways, giving you great flexibility, as well as probably the best advantage; a cheaper price. I live in Peckham zone 2, very close to the train station and buses for £380 pm inclusive. I'd say the average price of a similar place, including bills, would be roughly £600 pm. It's really worth looking into!