Seven leading firms within the Property Guardian industry have taken a major step forwards towards self-regulation with the publication of a detailed new guide on the legal framwework that protects property guardians.
Entitled 'The law on property guardianship', the document describes itself as 'a white paper setting out the health, safety and legal status of security through occupation'. It is written by three lawyers, including Giles Peaker, who has often made robust comments about some industry practices in his nearlylegal blog and is clearly not anyone's poodle.
At 40 pages long, this is easily the most detailed document to emerge on the various legal issues associated with guardianship and provides an important point of reference for those with concerns about the legal status and rights of the guardians and the protections available to them, whether in respect of occupation rights or of housing standards. The only major area of law not considered is planning.
The White Paper is published by the (currently seven) property guardian firms that are in the process of setting up a Property Guardian Providers' Association. The seven firms are: