Did your owners use survey caméras?

In France law is very strict. Employees (helps, Au pairs, I guess sitters as well) can’ t be filmed where they work, where they rest. Cameras can be put only facing entrances or exits, garages of non public buildings. Only for security reasons.

Have you ever been filmed indoors ? Did owners warn you before you arrived ?

We’ve been filmed in England : outside, there were cameras all around the house. The owners warned us on their departure. I wondered whether they watched the vidéos when they went back (or already from where they were gone ? on a computer, a cell phone ?).

Did they want to check at what time we went outside to feed the poultry, how many times we had left the dogs inside (they could stay outside free as long as we were with them) and for how long…
I did not ask them why they had not switched them off, they were really charming, but we wondered how long they had kept the videos ? 1 month ? 1 year ? They did not tell.

I could understand cameras were important for them, it was a huge home, a huge park with no fence at all (only a “ultrasons” fence for the 3 dogs : with their collars “ultrasons” as well, they could not go outside the limits of the property

Result ? Although the home was remote, we never went outside undressed… even in pyjamas

We’ve come across security cameras twice. Once, the owners did not tell us about the camera (just one, in the living room). They said we could turn it around to face the wall when we asked, as it was just a puppy cam to keep an eye on their pets when they weren’t at home, and since we were at home most of the time, they didn’t need it. The other time was a sit that got cancelled due to covid, but the owners were very candid and up front, they showed us on video where all the cameras were, and explained that they were turned just to face external doors for security reasons. They lived in a city and it helped with their homeowners insurance to have a security system installed. The cameras wouldn’t be facing to where we were hanging out.

We personally would not house sit in a place where cameras are watching the interiors, I would feel on edge all the time and not comfortable in the home. Like you mentioned, I’d be wondering how long the videos were kept for and if they were watched by the owners! Not like we have anything to hide, but it would feel super weird to feel like we were being watched. So we just avoid any sits like that.

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Problem is when yhou discover that once arrived…

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That’s why we now always ask directly when we have a video chat if there are cameras - lesson learned!

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SITTERS - re: Cameras… What’s the best way to ask? I have nothing to hide but just feel creepy about nanny-cams and the like. Even a NEST doorbell shows you going down the street when you leave the house. I don’t to seem to challenge an owner, especially for a desirable sit, but I just don’t like the idea of cameras… I guess I have a hard time thinking they would not look - that’s what cameras are there for.

I’m thinking of creating a short sitters checklist that would just have that as one of the items… sort of a ‘confirmation’ that list the agreement on dates and times (for instance, my ‘start date’ on my next sit is next Sunday but they want me there Saturday night for a walkthrough and a handover, so, confirming that I will arrive X day around X time and will leave on X day at around X time, high speed wifi is available, full access to the house and environs, etc., there are no cameras onsite, nest doorbell? Alexa? …

what do you think of such a checklist? Very simple, just facts and checkmarks… what would you ask?

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My hubby has loads of cameras around our property .
It also sets the alarms of if someone enters our property that shouldn’t be there in the early hours of the morning
It recognises post lady etc .
He would like to take a mini camera for our sits.
To check on the the pets whilst we our shopping etc
It is only to check there ok whilst we our out.
Not to sure how to approach this with the owners.
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated :pray:

Hello Jnjn and welcome. Some of us have already replied and shared their list. You can find the list by the member called Screw the average on novembre 20. Just use the research button and search “info” or “list” with the help of the magnifier

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Hi @JnJn welcome to the Forum, it’s great to have you here. We have such a helpful and engaged group of members and our numbers are growing all of the time, you are here at the very beginning before the entire membership has had their formal invite.

You ask a great question and one that is very topical, owners are obliged to mention any inclusion of cameras in their listing so that there is complete transparency with sitters being aware before they apply or confirm but as with everything about arranging a pet and house sit it’s all about communication, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s so that everyone is completely happy, having a check list is an excellent idea and of course requesting the completed Welcome Guide from owners.

Once again welcome, enjoy connecting with other members and we all look forward to getting to know you better and sharing in your TrustedHousesitters journey.

Angela and the Team

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