Your chance to be a vicarage ‘guardian’ for just £45

Steve Pursey outside the former St Aidan's Vicarage
Steve Pursey outside the former St Aidan's Vicarage

A PROPERTY firm is appealing for “guardians” to take advantage of a rare opportunity to live in a grand Edwardian building – for just £45 per week.

Ad Hoc is looking for tenants to move into the spacious St Aidan’s Vicarage, in Hartlepool, for the bargain price which includes bills.

But people are being urged to act fast as there are only six rooms available inside the vicarage which dates back to 1903.

Prospective tenants for the unfurnished property – which includes six large bedrooms, a bathroom and large kitchen – are called “guardians”.

The property management firm has been brought in by the building’s owners to deter thieves and vandals from targeting the empty building.

There are also cream coloured carpets throughout the building, in St Aidan’s Street, and a large enclosed garden.

The £180 monthly rent is cheap because the owners pay for all utility bills, rates and essential repairs.

Steve Pursey, business development manager at Ad Hoc, said: “It is a beautiful property and one which we do not think will take long to fill.

“This is an unusual building and tenants can move in straight away.

“This is an ideal scheme for somebody who is looking for temporary accommodation at a great price.

“It is an opportunity for flexible living.

“Having guardians in the property keeps it in use and deters any anti-social behaviour, theft or squatting.”

It is the second time that Ad Hoc has helped fill the building with tenants after it proved popular with people back in September 2009.

The building, which is currently empty, is owned by the Durham Diocese of the Church of England and managed by the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.

Mr Pursey said Ad Hoc had been approached after a sale for the building, which has been on the market for a number of years, fell through.

Guardians must be over 21, in employment and be able to provide references from employers and previous landlords.

They sign a rolling monthly contract and there is a two-week written notice period.

Bosses at Ad Hoc say the scheme is not suitable for people with children, and pets are not allowed.

The firm is also looking for guardians for Hartlepool Borough Council-owned buildings including the former family resource centre in Somersby Close, a former family centre in Lealholm Road, and Foggy Furze Library, in Stockton Road.

Those sites are available from as little as £30 a week. Ad Hoc also has the Jesmond Road School caretaker’s house in its portfolio. For more information, call York-based Ad Hoc on (01904) 795657.

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