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Every type of property secured...
Every type of property secured...
Every type of property secured...
Every type of property secured...
Every type of property secured...
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Every type of property secured...
Every type of property secured...

Vacant Property Protection and Empty Property Security in London

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What we do

Most urban regeneration projects involve multiple buildings, some of which have to “wait” for others to become vacant before the whole scheme can begin.

But empty, waiting buildings remove economically active, responsible users from the neighbourhood and can be a magnet for vandals and squatters.

To overcome this, we place carefully selected, security-checked adults into empty properties as live-in guardians. In this way, we care for and maintain properties for the vacant period of time.


How we do it

  • Our guardians ensure that the property has a physical presence and is well cared for.

  • Guardians have a personal regard for the care of the property, reporting immediately to our control room - available 24/7 - and/or the emergency services, be they maintenance issues, accidental damage or even incidents of illegal activity.  These may include asset-stripping, vandalism, trespassing, etc.

  • Additionally, House Managers - long serving guardians - make weekly checks on both property and guardians.

  • As a further quality measure, our Health & Safety Officer, qualified in all relevant aspects of health & safety / fire issues. carries out a monthly audit to ensure compliance with all statutory regulations, including Health, safety and fire issues.


Our Record

  • We pride ourselves on a record of flawless service.

  • We are the preferred supplier to several London local authorities.

  • Not one client has moved away from us to another supplier.

  • We have a 100% record in preventing asset-stripping and vandalism at all our properties.

  • We've never been to court to remove a guardian from a client's property.

  • We achieve this by treating everyone with courtesy, fairness and respect - respect for our clients, our staff, our guardians and the communities we work with.


If you are a property owner or agent and you'd like to talk more, email us or call: 0207 713 7557  (Property owners and agents only)

NG recognised for Excellence in Security

Newbould Guardians has been nominated at the 2012 Excellence in Security Awards event on 17 October. Click here

NG finalists in 2014 Security Excellence Awards

For the third year running, Newbould Guardians has been shortlisted for an award at the Security Excellence Awards. Click here

NG Voted as Best Guardianship Company in London

Newbould Guardians have been voted the most ethical and Corporately/Socially Responsible Guardianship Company in London 2014. More details soon. Click here

Property guardianship

Property guardianship is becoming a popular option for landlords who cannot - or do not want to - pay for a fully managed security service Click here

Proactive protection

If you have an empty property and cannot afford to invest in fully managed security solutions, there are still several ways you can guard against squatting Click here

Lewisham Community investment - Tidemill

On the 1st of March 2012 Newbould Guardians began their occupation and utilization of The Old Tidemill School, Deptford, SE8. Click here
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Newbould Guardians offer:
  • Responsible, Reliable Property Guardians
  • Rubbish / Waste Removal
  • Protection from 24 hours through to Several Years
  • Cost Effective Vacant Property Protection & Management
  • Customised Operations Structures
  • Comprehensive Legal Provision
  • Maintenance
  • Flexible Pricing Plans
  • Short Notice Periods
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Latest news

Squatting on commercial premises - social nuisance or social utility?

On the 9th of October a group of squatters occupying the empty BT offices in central London's Holborn were ordered to leave those premises by Master Yoxall sitting in the high court. The BT offices are commercial premises, and so fall outside the scope of recent legislation criminalising squatting in residential premises, for which the first prosecution was brought recently against Alex Haigh. Commercial squatting therefore remains within the remit of civil, rather than criminal, law.

Commercial properly owners may be concerned that their land will be targeted now that squatting in residential property is a crime. Of course, commercial property can range from a corner shop to a multinational bank. The only recourse for a commercial owner is to go to court and obtain a possession order. Although the procedure is relatively straightforward, the cost of simply issuing an application is £175. If owners instruct a lawyer, their costs will further increase.

More workers rely on state benefits to pay their rent

It has reported an 86 per cent rise in employed people claiming housing benefit over the last three years.

About 10,000 more working families now need housing benefit every month to help pay their rent, with 417,830 more wage earners claiming since 2009.

His sentiments were echoed by Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb. He said the housing crisis had reached 'boiling point' with rising rents leaving lots of people unable to save up a deposit to buy a home.

Housing minister Mark Prisk said the government was 'pulling out all the stops' to attract new players to the market and 'get Britain building'.

UK house sellers increase asking price by 3.5 per cent

Sellers have bumped up the asking prices of UK houses by 3.5 per cent (about £8,310) in October, according to Rightmove's monthly report.

Although prices in England and Wales are 1.5 per cent higher than a year ago with a typical property averaging at £243,168, sales may not follow through.

Commenting on London prices, which saw a 4.8 per cent (+£21,834) jump in average new-seller asking prices during October.

In Kensington and Chelsea, the most expensive London borough, new-seller average asking prices are in excess of £2.2 million.

The October increase could be seen as speculation by sellers as there are few new houses coming on the market.

However, other Rightmove statistics show that most buyers will not look at houses they consider over-priced, so price rises may not produce sales.

Business investors still keen on UK commercial property market despite eurozone woes

Confidence in the commercial real estate sector in the UK has fallen back as a result of the weaker economic backdrop and ongoing euro zone crisis, according to a new survey.

Despite this fall in confidence, all groups remain committed to investing in the sector and are keen to source opportunities that can add long term value and this might be symptomatic of a perception that the market is near the bottom, the latest Commercial Property Confidence Monitor produced by Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets and in association with the Investment Property Forum.

Major businesses and London based medium to large businesses have the greatest appetite for new investment in the sector over the coming three to six months. Major businesses have become more positive, inline with August 2011 expectations, with 70% of respondents aiming to increase commitment and 10% looking to divest.

It also shows that London based medium to large businesses are looking to take advantage of attractive valuations with 4% expecting to invest and just 4% planning to divest.

Newbould Guardians and The Community

Newbould Guardians have been involving themselves with the community of Deptford over the last year in the Old Tidemill School. Since begining occupation in March 2012, Newbould Guardians have organised a street party over the diamond jubilee weekend, art exhibitions, theatre and comedy nights, film screenings, gardening workshops, and many more great free events. It's great to see the school which has laid in the heart of the community for a year to recieve a new boost of life and benifiting many raher than just sitting empty. To follow more closely on what's happening at Tidemill follow the link to the 'assembley' blog.

New Squatting Law 2012

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