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#1 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:53 PM

Just reading another topic about a bad house sitter and got me thinking...

So my mum is going to be "renting" a house off a couple that she met through another family member.  She will be there for 4 months while they are overseas.  The house remains fully furnished with all their belongings etc, and she will be looking after their pets.

She will be paying discounted rent-$200/wk (I've been to the house & I'd estimate that it could get maybe $400/week as a rental.  But, now I'm thinking....is she getting ripped off?  Its really more like a house sitting situation, and from reading the other thread it seems like house sitters don't normally pay rent???  At the time that she organised it, DH & I sort of said to each other that we thought it was a bit steep, but I don't have much experience in the world of house-sitting so I didn't really think any more of it.


#2 Justaduck

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

Usually people PAY you to housesit and look after your pets?

#3 wesse

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:31 PM

I had a house sitter in for a month in April. She had two dogs to feed and to collect the mail - thast it.

I paid HER $150/week and left money for our weekly cleaner - and the house was immaculate when I returned home. original.gif

#4 Stellajoy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

I would PAY people to look after my house and animals for 4 months.

#5 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

I would never expect someone to pay me to live in my house and look after my dog!  If someone I knew was happy to do it for free I would be so grateful, but otherwise I would pay someone.

#6 elmo_mum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

a friend use to housesit cos she was "in between houses"

long story short - she either
paid nothing
paid utilities
she got paid (generally when pets were involved)

so yea
$200 per week to look after someone elses house...
i think she is being ripped off

#7 SylviaPlath

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

My MIL has given some money ($100pwk) to people who have stayed in her house and so called "house sit". They had a dog to feed morning/evening but that was the only requirement. I thought that was a bit weird to be paying someone to house sit, especially given that she lives 8 mins on the express train into the city, in a five bedroom, two bathroom house etc. The perks are pretty good.

A lecturer I had at uni used to get one of the students to house sit for him 6 months a year. They were required to cover the utility costs but that was it.

I dont really have an opinion on this topic, only telling you of people's experiences.

#8 la di dah

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

200 a week is only about fifty dollars shy of our weekly mortgage payment. And we don't have to be nicey-nice in someone else's house and the only pets to feed are ours.

I would say she's paying to work as a housesitter?

I am not sure about getting PAID to housesit, usually I thought it was just you get to use their place, no utilities, etc. but paying to do it? Seems really odd to me, no offense.

Unless maybe it was a really cool house right on the beach or something?

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

If your mum is also paying rent or a mortgage elsewhere then I think it is very wrong to expect a house sitter to pay.
IMO having a decent house sitter is doing the home owner/occupier a favour, not the other way around.
They could leave the house empty and accept the possible problems that may occur in that time and if they have pets they could pay thousands to have them put in a kennel but instead they get the benefit of security and pet minding. I can not see why house sitters should be charged rent for doing the favour and in essence possibly saving them a whole heap of money.

#10 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

I think she's being ripped off.

#11 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

She's being ripped off OP. They are saving money by not getting the pets in a kennel, and they are having someone watch their house and pay for the privilege. They will be making a profit at your mother's expense, when she is doing them a favour. Very wrong IMO.

#12 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

Thank you.  I agree- I think they are taking advantage of her.  Its a house sitting situation and they are treating it as if she is renting their house.

#13 Baggy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:57 PM

I agree with everything STBG said.

I've actually never heard of anyone that had to PAY to house-sit for somebody.

#14 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Yes, your mother is being ripped off.  

Is there any way she can back out of it and let them find some one else to rent their house and look after all their belongings and their pet/garden while they are off on holiday?  wink.gif

#15 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

Wish I'd gone with my gut & said something earlier sad.gif

I doubt if she'll back out, shes too bloody nice LOL.

#16 BetteBoop

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

Yes, she's being completely and utterly ripped off. It's very, very unlikely they would find any tenant for the period of time they're overseas so if she backs out, they will get no money anyway.

On top of that, they will need to arrange for someone to check in on the house and look after the pets.

They're making and saving a heap of money by ripping her off.

#17 Krunchie29

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

let her pay the "rent" but then get your mum to give them a bill for looking after the animals!  wink.gif

#18 opethmum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

I think she is being taken for a ride and is providing the steady flow of spending money for the holidaying couple. Tell her to look elsewhere because she is being taken advantage of. People who do that and taking advantage of the vulnerable make my blood boil.  

#19 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 08/11/2012, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The situation isn't that bad.  Is your mum happy?  Is she going to be saving some rent money? (if she had to rent elsewhere?).

Don't say anything to your mum if you think she won't change her mind.  She doesn't need to know she's being 'ripped off'.  I think it's unusual to pay rent if you are looking after the house and pets, but it's still cheaper than renting a whole house.

Thanks Madame Catty!  Yes, this is her thinking (shes getting a nice house in a great location for the price of a s**tty unit in a crap location.  I don't want to upset her, and because of how the arrangement was organised (friends of another family member) I'd sort of rather not "rock the boat"...I think I'll take your advice wink.gif

#20 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (Krunchie29 @ 08/11/2012, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
let her pay the "rent" but then get your mum to give them a bill for looking after the animals!  wink.gif

Love it! grin.gif

#21 jessie123

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

I don't necessarily think she is getting ripped off.

If she doesn't have any other accomodation and is saving $$ by doing this then it is a win win situation. The other couple might think they are helping her out. I would also consider how the conversation happened.

Will she also be paying utilities ?

I think it also depends on what pets she is looking after.

#22 katpaws

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

We once house sat for six months - and paid over $200 per week plus utilities and a bond. The people we housesat for owned the house and were being paid to be relocated for the six months. I was not really impressed by having to pay that much. After they came back they hit us for $$$$s in utility costs - we had already paid over $1000 already so we let them keep the bond. I thought that was a bit rich, considering that their heating was broken which caused costly bills and they knew it was a problem. I also cleaned the house spotless, even though before they had a cleaner come in each week but the house was pretty dirty when we moved in ie mould, dirty floors and carpets. Before we left i cleaned every cupboard and space, even where we had not used the space. Every bit of mould etc removed. They were shocked when they came back and were surprised the house could look so clean.

Edited by katpaws, 08 November 2012 - 05:49 PM.

#23 vanessa71

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

I have a friend that used to house sit on a regular basis, she never had to pay a cent to do so. I think your mum is being ripped off.

#24 Diamond~Sky~Lucy

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

I think that if your Mum is not having to pay rent elsewhere, and it is in an area that she is happy to be in, that she has a good deal going.  I guess that if there was a better alternative for her that she most probably would have taken it!

#25 MrsLexiK

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

I'm not entirly sure she is being ripped off.  Did she have anywhere else to go? how did the offer come about? If it was her stating she was inbetween houses and didn't have anywhere to live etc and someone offered she could have cheap rent at their place then I think that is different.  To someone just approaching her and asking her to housesit and saying you will have to pay half the rent.

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