St Marks is a Short Life Housing Cooperative established in London in 1983. We are a non-profit, equal opportunities co-operative and are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. We have ongoing relationships with several Housing Associations and Trusts in London.
Short life housing, sometimes known as 'meanwhile' housing, allows housing providers such as councils, housing associations and private landlords to license their properties for short-term use.
St Marks has substantial experience helping to look after vacant properties on a short-life basis, while they await refurbishment or reassignment.
All potential occupants are members who have been vetted and approved by St Marks using a formal application and interview process.
Unlike many larger housing co-operatives, St Marks small size ensures the cohesion and accountability of its members. We are a true co-operative with each member actively participating in the running of the coop.
We ensure that our members vacate promptly within the one month notice period, look after and often improve your property while providing affordable accommodation to those who need it.
Empty housing units make neighbours feel uneasy. They’re prone to squatters and vandals and can quickly become a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Placing our carefully selected members in vacant properties improves their sense of security and ensures that you will be alerted to any dereliction or required urgent repairs.
Our members can help protect your property and sustain the local community, by living in an otherwise unoccupied flat or house until it is repurposed. They also provide you with a regular income from property that would otherwise lie dormant.
For more about the history of St Marks visit Self Help Housing