PHOTO:‘It’s perfect for avoiding extortionate rents’: Charlotte Fountaine (left) and Kerri Arrindall. Photograph: Mark Chilvers for the Guardian
Charlotte Fountaine, 27
I’m a master’s student trying to avoid London’s extortionate rents, so property guardianship – a scheme that means you occupy a home and keep it in good condition and free of squatters – is perfect. You trade the security of a tenancy for cheap rent, and must do 16 hours of volunteering a month. I enjoy mentoring at a nearby school; my flatmate Keri gardens at a local graveyard.
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