Not only providing affordable accommodation for individuals, Umbrella Guardians also offer affordable, safe havens for charitable causes.
Our property guardianship scheme creates a positive impact on the local community, by enabling vacant buildings to be used for pop-up events, fundraisers and valuable community services.
Too often, when a property lies vacant, it’s impossible to break through the red tape and legal restrictions to open the building up for community or charitable use. However, once guardianship has been granted, it’s much easier for charities and other organisations to open and access these amazing buildings in central locations, and use them to host events.
Turning the tide on the use of vacant buildings, Umbrella Guardians can negotiate with landlords to allow charities and community groups to host events in these valuable spaces, which are insured and easier to access once under guardianship.
Case study: Romford
Umbrella took possession of a public house immediately after completion by a property developer. With accommodation above and bar area below, Umbrella provided property guardians to occupy and provide security to prevent squatting vandalism and theft and our rates partner ASTOP provided rates relief by placing a charity in the ground floor bar area.
Huge savings were made for the owner in security, maintenance, standing charges and non-domestic rates.
Umbrella continue to provide security, planned and reactive maintenance to this property, Umbrella’s and ASTOP’s presence give the owners some breathing space to decide the future for their acquisition.