About

About

We provide property owners with a professional, efficient and low-cost solution to the problems created by leaving a building vacant and at the same time, providing affordable accommodation for London’s young professionals, keyworkers and creatives. Download Brochure
Our Vision

Lowe Cost Guardians is a property management company with a difference. We provide affordable, inspiring places for our valuable younger generations to live and thrive in. At the same time, we provide property owners with a low-cost, professional and reliable solution to keeping their building secure.

We establish a sense of community with every space that we take on. This could be holding a film night for our guardians, organising a barbecue, or just ensuring that our communal spaces are fitted out to facilitate social interaction. Whatever it is, we ensure to create an engaging, positive space that it is treated with respect. For landlords, there is an obvious benefit; their property is being monitored by a highly engaged guardian scheme at little or no cost.

We do property guardian schemes the right way.

Our story

In 2014 whilst working at Knight Frank, I conducted a comprehensive assessment with the Estates Gazette to discover if any truly affordable solutions existed for London’s young workers today. Labelling the project ‘Lowe Cost Living’, it involved me searching for (and ultimately living in) properties under £500 a month in central London. My search created such interest that it was picked up by The Evening StandardThe Financial Times and BBC .

One of my strongest memories of the investigation was living as a property guardian. I shared one shower in a neglected disused office with twenty others, I experienced having heating on 24/7 at the height of summer, as well as rat infestations in the bathroom. These experiences were not a one off; the guardian industry has caused quite a stir in the press for providing substandard conditions for their inhabitants, with very little effort made to rejuvenate the buildings they are supposedly guarding.

I realised then that the guardian industry needed to be radically improved. On the one hand, property owners needed to receive a service they could trust. On the other, guardians deserved to live in better conditions.

Consequently, Lowe Cost Guardians was born.

Tim Lowe

Giving

Through our charitable fund, the Lowe Cost Foundation, we give 10% of our net profits to St Mungo’s.

We believe everybody in the UK should have a roof over their head. As such we are committing to supporting and helping those who are homeless.

More information coming soon….