When your retail property becomes vacant, we’re here to help…..
Retail property can become vacant for many reasons, apart from the obvious negatives such as reduction in rental income and rates liability, by far the biggest risks commercial landlords may face with a vacant property are vandalism, criminal damage, break-in or at worst squatters.
Using our extensive experience, we’re here to help you navigate through the process, with a range of services tailored to assist you to comply with insurance requirements and manage the void period. Insurers generally require a property that is vacant for an extended period to be decommissioned, this can include turning off utilities, draining down water systems and blocking letterboxes for example.
Additionally, insurers often stipulate that a vacant property is regularly checked, this can of course be carried out by a competent person, although as landlords often don’t live close their commercial property, we have a vacant property inspection service where we check properties in accordance with insurance guidelines, document our findings and make a report, the regularity changes from insurer to insurer, however the most common frequency for vacant property inspections is weekly.
Guarding and Eviction Services
For extremely large retail properties having the ultimate security deterrent, a licensed security officer may be the best solution to a short-term void. Squatters in retail property can be disastrous for landlords, not to mention extremely costly when you consider the loss of potential rent, damage to the property and the length of time that it can take to get the legal paperwork into a court!! Due to a quirk of British law squatting in commercial property is not illegal, meaning squatters are able to deprive you of your property, with little consequence. Should the worst happen we have a full range of enforcement services to expedite eviction and return your property to you in a timely manner.
Call one of our Secure Site specialists, for advice on what may be best for you
Once you have complied with your insurers requirements you need to ensure that your retail property is secure. As any existing security may be compromised because of the decommissioning process or out of contract with an installer, the easiest way to manage your security is to rent a vacant property monitored wireless CCTV system, which will alert you to any security breach or break in, enabling a quick response, with 24/7 keyholding and alarm response included we will deal with the out of hours response, so you don’t have to.
If a property is going to be vacant or void for a long period you may wish to consider boarding up the premises by installing steel security screens and high security steel doors, which offer a higher level of security than unprotected glass windows and doors. Externally car parks and open land are often targeted by trespassers and fly tippers so installing concrete barriers provides a strong deterrent and gives the property an actively managed appearance.
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Fully Accredited & Insured
We are SSAIB and insurance approved CCTV installers (SS2003), ensuring your systems are installed – and certificated – to the highest specification and in accordance with the British Standard BS 50132 or BS 8418, the code of practice for a Police response.
Our security guards are SIA licensed, DBS checked and industry vetted to BS 7858.
Our operations comply with BS 7499 regarding security guards and mobile patrols and BS 7984 regarding key-holding.
We’re also active members of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) and NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).