I was reading a fascinating article on the rise of “property guardians” in Europe. With the economic downturn, many buildings are left empty, either because a buyer can’t be found, or just waiting for the tide to turn and prices to rise again. Several firms are specializing in matching people who need a place to live with these houses that need someone to live in them. They’re not renters, per se, but guardians against thievery, squatters and vandals. In the UK, squatters have the right of possession if they can prove they’ve lived in the house or on the land for more than 10 years. Once people begin squatting at a property, it can be very hard to remove them.So these guardians pay a bit of rent, usually about £50 a week (about $80) and put down a deposit. There are some spectacular and interesting places that need guarding, and the term of guardianship can last from a few months, to a few years. The properties are not generally furnished, but all have kitchens and baths.Sounds like a great way to spend a few months living in the UK on the cheap!