Be kind and courteous

We’re all in this space together to create a welcoming environment for both existing and potential members of TrustedHousesitters. We should treat each other with respect. Healthy debate is encouraged however kindness is required - rudeness, personal insults, or judgments will not be permitted. If a member has taken the time to comment on a question, please take the time to thank, acknowledge or reply to them.

This is our safe place

Any form of prejudice is not permitted. We must all feel safe. Negative comments about race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, age, gender or identity will not be tolerated. Discussions about religion and politics are discouraged due to the negative trend such discussions can take. Forum moderators reserve the right to close topics or remove any posts that achieve nothing but disharmony among members.

No promotions, solicitations or spam

Give more than you take from our community. Self-promotion: solicitation of members for self promotion, ie blogs, websites and social channels is not allowed. Spam and irrelevant links are not allowed and will be deleted. This includes RAF (Refer-a-Friend) discount codes, affiliate links and self-promotional or irrelevant social media links.

Images

We encourage sharing of images however they must be of an acceptable quality and content. Please do not upload explicit images of a sexual nature. Third party image sharing with permission from the originator only.

Respect each others privacy

Being part of our community requires mutual trust and respect. Authentic, lively discussions make our community forum an interesting place to be and what’s shared between us here should stay here.

Bad language

Bad language and profanities are not permitted, if it’s something you wouldn’t say in front of a child - please don’t say it here.

Post only your own stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Owners - Posting links to or details of house sits

For safety and privacy reasons, we kindly ask that you do not upload house sit listings in forum topics or comments - they will be removed. This includes creating a topic or comment for the sole purpose of promoting your current dates. However, you may add a link within your forum profile.

Our forum is designed to be a place where members can chat, share advice and their experiences, rather than being another platform to find a sit or a sitter.

Keeping listings and profiles on the TrustedHousesitters website also ensures that every member (even those not signed up to the forum) gets a fair and equal chance to apply for a house sit or reach out to a sitter. It also ensures that best practices are followed and there is no confusion about how the process works for either sitters and owners.

EXCEPTION : Last Minute Sits - If you have a sit that begins with 7 days you may post the details in the Last Minute Sit category, following the appropriate guidelines pinned in that space.

Sitters - Posting links to or details of house sits

For safety and privacy reasons, we kindly ask that you do not upload house sitter profiles in forum topics or comments - they will be removed. This includes creating a topic or comment for the sole purpose of listing your requirements and dates.

Our forum is designed to be a place where members can chat, share advice and their experiences, rather than being another platform to find a sit or a sitter.

Keeping listings and profiles on the TrustedHousesitters website also ensures that every member (even those not signed up to the forum) gets a fair and equal chance to apply for a house sit or reach out to a sitter. It also ensures that best practices are followed and there is no confusion about how the process works for either sitters and owners.

Moderation of the Forum

Our forum is managed by our Community Manager, Angela, and Admin, Vanessa who together with other moderators from within the TrustedHousesitters team, aim to keep this a friendly and informative space where you can share advice, find support, and discuss all things house sitting, pets, travel, and more.

We are a global community and our members include new and experienced house sitters and owners. It’s been so encouraging to see our community working at its best with our members helping and supporting one another, and often providing the perfect solution without our intervention.

To see all the group managers, admins and moderators click ‘About’ on the forum’s top menu bar.

If you see a problem, flag it

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you.

When you see bad behaviour, don’t reply. It encourages a continuation of the bad behaviour, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators do reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Banning and Infraction Notices

It is not possible to consider every eventuality in advance. As general guidance, a breach of the Forum rules will result in an instant and permanent ban; a breach of conduct will result in an infraction notice being issued. The final decision in all matters rests with the Forum Moderators and Administrators. All decisions are made with the best interests of the Forum in mind.

Terms of Service

We must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.

A guide to using our Forum

For more information about how to make the most of the basic options within the Forum, here is the link to our “How to use our community forum” guide.