Curious why only sitters are background check?

This is an observation or curious question I have. Are only the sitters background checked and ID checked? I totally understand and have no problem with that at all. But does the HO also have a background and ID check too? Seems odd to me, I could be wrong since I am a sitter here and not a HO. Just curious what does the HO have to do to establish a profile and use this site? Thanks.

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Excellent question. Typically property owners are registered with … fill in the blanks (depending on the country). Such registers are available to the public, hence, once you know the address the filed info will be available to you.

Perhaps so-called “homeowners” were originally assumed to own a home. Unfortunately, this is not the case as THS´s homeowners may or may not own a home, they can be renters or even squatters for all we know.

In addition, the “homeowners´” address is not accessible to the sitters, at least not before they accept the sit (and sometimes not even after) which brings us back to your question :wink:

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Interesting…it makes sense to me that both HO and Sitters should have background checks.

Also, I think the Welcome Guide should be given, as a confirmed document -full disclosure- about expectation prior to accepting the sit.

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You can always ask the owners what their address is before accepting the sit.

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It makes sense to me personally since a HO is giving his property + animals to the care of the sitter. But we also understand that sitters are also cautious and worried about their safety. During a workaway stay our host also said that her neighbors were afraid for her because she was accepting complete strangers to stay with her in her house: “What if they are going to murder her?” She replied to that: “I could murder them as well, so trust goes both ways.”

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Definitely. That’s what we always do.

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Of course, I can, @Smiley. Not too long ago some sitters were reporting on this very forum that they were denied that information.

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But then you have the right to rescind your application if you are unable to get the information before you accept a sit. Once they’ve offered you the sit, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be willing to tell you the location. If they wouldn’t, then I wouldn’t accept it.

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Yeah, I agree, there’s too much private info in a Welcome Guide to share it ahead of time. If you have a proper interview before the sit, you can get all of those pertinent questions answered before you accept the sit. The specific details on where things are stored etc do not need to be shared until after someone is accepted.

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@Pawtastic, mustn´t both parties confirm before sitters get access to the request-a-Welcome-Guide-button?

p.s. in my experience (9 sits only) most pet owners do not have a Welcome Guide

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Neither can I. The sitters reporting this issue may provide some answers.

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I still think the short answer is that you shouldn’t accept a sit if there is a red flag and that, to me, would be a red flag.

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sure thing, it is a given, isn´t it?

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This is an interesting subject. As a HO I would be happy if TrustedHousesitters did a background check, and if I become a sitter, the same. I think as an HO I would be able to give a parameter of where my house is, ie - show a map and circle about a 2 mile area around my location. Just like on Air bnb. In my listing I did put how far I am from the beach and a few other interesting tourist spots. As a sitter, I would definitely want to know the approximate vicinity of a home just to see if it’s fairly close to places I want to explore. Have a nice day everyone.

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HOs don’t generally provide information such as wifi code, location of keys if no handover, welcome guide until they’ve confirmed the sitter(s) and, by then, a rapport should have been established.

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When housesitting overseas (as a USA citizen) I always request the name and address. As USA citizens, we can enroll in The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the local Embassy and the USA can track where we are as citizens overseas with our passports