2016 offers an exciting wealth of activity here at Ad Hoc Property Management. We celebrate our 10-year anniversary, will be launching the Ad Hoc Charter and our Guardian population will swell to over 2000.

To get us underway, already this year we have made several appearances in local and national news, including more than one television appearance.

Our Scottish Business Development Manager Chris McCormick has seen his fair share of activity over the border, from appearances in The Herald and an interview on BBC Radio Scotland. You can read the interview with Chris McCormick here.

Our Peterborough Area Manager Sarah Reid also made a newspaper appearance earlier last month. Additionally, we have recently welcomed a large number of new Guardians to former care homes in the area following all of the publicity. Here, Sarah discusses the benefits to local property owners in the Northampton Chronicle, which you can read here.

The first of our TV appearances was for ITV Anglia. Area Manager Sarah Reid was interviewed together with Guardians Jacqui and Elizabeth on the importance of Guardianship and how buildings across the region are being brought back into habitation through Ad Hoc’s solutions.

The second took place on the 13th January; Managing Director Simon Finneran and Guardian Kevin Harris were interviewed on London Live following the first episode of the new Channel 4 comedy Crashing. If you missed the interview, you can watch it here.

Crashing is the newest addition to Channel 4’s growing comedy offering, written by and starring up and coming comedian and play write Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The six part comedy is based around the lives of six twenty-something Property Guardians living in a disused London hospital.

While the programme has been greeted with mixed reviews, we have been fortunate to share our expertise on the growing security solution.

Some other interesting news articles have come to our attention recently, especially around the financial repercussions of squatters. Owners of empty businesses occupied by squatters will face huge bills, Waltham Forest council has warned. This is not an isolated situation; across the country property owners are falling foul of the massive costs incurred when squatters are removed from a property. Read more

Another story that caught our eye recently was this one from Wales. A property left empty for almost 17 years has become a blight on a local community. Surrounded by properties worth £250,000, this building has been targeted by squatters, vandals and pests. The property has now plummeted in value and has cost the owner heavily in fines. Read more

Stories of abandoned buildings, empty homes and serial squatting are no longer in short supply. Changes to squatting legislation in 2015 has resulted in a large majority of squatters targeting commercial and non-residential property. The long-term effects of this are now being seen, with properties quickly losing value and the damage done costing thousands to repair.

If the above is all too familiar, why not speak to a member of our team and learn how you can protect your property from becoming a burden.