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Give a Guardian a Go - New Homing Scheme Hits NI

03 October 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

A new concept is coming to Northern Ireland which may help owners protect and maintain their empty properties while also providing affordable accommodation to prospective ‘guardians’


There are thousands of residential properties in Northern Ireland lying empty and an estimated one in five shops is unoccupied (almost twice the UK average). There is also a host of commercial buildings that could be turned to temporary domestic use if the right guardians can be found.

Camelot Property Management, claiming to be the largest ‘property guardian’ company in Europe, secures buildings by filling the empty space with people looking for affordable housing, with monthly costs starting at just £100 including all bills.

Having experienced significant growth in the UK mainland over the past two years with a 50% increase in the number of Guardians signing up to the initiative, the company states it now has its sights set on the Northern Ireland vacant property problem which presents a number of risk and cost implications to empty property owners, including squatting, theft and vandalism.

Camelot has organised a free breakfast briefing on October 15 at the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast to give local councils, housing associations, commercial surveyors, owners and administrators of vacant property a chance to look at available options and find out more about the Property Guardian concept.

“There is a clear parallel between the interests of the Guardians and of the building owners,” explained Damian Woods, regional manager for Camelot Property Management and himself from Belfast. “The Guardians make their homes here and put their belongings into the premises, so they will take immediate action when there is something wrong.”


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Pictured: All sorts of properties in the residential and commercial sectors might benefit from a Guardian scheme, to ensure they are secure if owners are not in them, argues Camelot Property

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 03 October 2014


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