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House sitting is the practice whereby a landlord (or “homeowner”), leaving their house for a period of time, entrusts it to one or more “house sitters”, who by a mutual agreement are entitled to live there for a fee for caring for pets and providing other duties in the house and on the property in exchange for assuming responsibilities such as taking care of the homeowner’s pets, performing general maintenance and keeping trespassers off the property, readdressing the mail, and in general, making sure that everything runs smoothly just as if the owner was at home.
It is also generally implied that crime is deterred by the presence of the house sitter. This is supported by the fact that insurance companies in the United Kingdom provide reduced rates for householders who use the services of house sitting agencies. Some insurance companies will void your policy if the house is left vacant for more than 30 days without prior arrangement. House sitting is therefore considered a practical solution to managing properties which would otherwise stand vacant for long periods of time. In the UK, however, home owners are usually careful not to leave their properties in the care of a house sitter for longer than 12 months. It is often recommended that an agreement or form of contract is drawn up to ensure both parties are happy with the terms agreed.
In Australia, there can be insurance company issues with leaving homes empty for more than four days. Therefore it is important to have someone enter your home at least once for every four days you are absent. Hiring a house sitter can provide the support and documentation you need to help you in the event that you may need to make a claim with your insurance company.
A newly developed version of house sitting which has gained widespread acceptance, is the contracting of house sitters who do not live on premises. This house sitting arrangement requires the house sitter to provide regular visits to the homeowner’s house. The frequency of visits is determined in advance and is not less than the minimum requirements as stipulated by the homeowner’s insurance policy. This type of service can perform similar functions as mentioned above. It is becoming more popular as many homeowners do not wish to have someone living in their house while they are away.
The whole practice is on a fee basis depending on how many pets if any and duties you wish then to perform, notably a security deposit is but down as soon as the house sitter has been chosen by you.Then full payment is to be received before the job commences or on the day the house sit starts. (as its share of the benefits is larger: typically, this is considered to be the house sitter).