We would like to thank all those who contributed to this debate and stress that none of us are a « legal » expert. Contract law is complex and varies from country to country. Same state-to-state in the United States. There is a very narrow line between a treaty and an agreement in America. Many of the people we spoke to were much more concerned about the use of treaties and agreements in the United States. Personally, we never signed an agreement in our 35st sitting house, but we would like to sign one if a landlord asked for it. And to be clear, an agreement is anything other than a treaty. Erin Poettker, International House Sitter, told us. « I use MindMyHouse`s agreement for the owners, where we are sitting for the first time, mainly because I think it gives them an idea that we are serious about our role. It also gives them a place to write all the instructions regarding their pets and home care tasks. For repeat house seats, we don`t care, but some owners have decided to update their latest convention with new information. This is also a good thing for owners in case they have different sitters in the future, as they don`t need to start from scratch. If you think about « What if, » get ready, and already the process of writing a chord together protects you both.
It lets you sketch your expectations, and ensures you know what to do « just in case. » The terms contract and agreement are often used to mean the same thing, but there are undeniable differences between the two. There is a lot of talk about House Sitting being a « trust-based community » in the sharing economy. So we`ve always been a little amused that most international seating platforms recommend and offer « home seat contracts. » « At TrustedHousesitters, we offer many tools to make the home perfect. These are all available in the members dashboard section. This includes: The Home Book is a document that comprehensively covers the issues that may arise in the context of the home meeting. But the Home Book is not a contractual document. It is a collection of all useful instructions, addresses, tips and phone numbers that can contribute to the assumption of the owner`s property during the time of his occupation by housekeepers. The Home Book methodically sets out all the instructions that housekeepers need and must follow when maintaining the house they occupy. For more information, click here.
Gavin Merritt has five years of house sitting under his belt. He sums it up: « What`s interesting (and I know it`s just perception) is that we love a lifestyle of trust and esteem. That`s why the house and the pet are so well seated. A questionnaire encourages this lifestyle for us, while contracts and home residence contracts divert attention. We believe that relationship building works better than any written word has ever done. Our House Sitting Agreement is not a legal agreement or a contract, but it could be turned into an agreement with a lawyer`s contribution. What makes it very good is clear communication to manage the expectations of both parties – homeowners and housekeepers. Eden Rudin, a long-time goalkeeper, gives him a perspective. « I`ve never used contracts and I haven`t been asked to do that.
Most of the time, because we are not people in the countries where we are, it would be quite difficult for everyone to take legal action against us.