Sitters receive know address (Doh!), but there is no requirement by THS for the sitters address to be disclosed when the sit is agreed. I dont want their DNA profile, but a bit more than a first name and a whatsapp link please.
@Dawn109 actually sitters don’t get the hosts address or full name or telephone number or e-Mail from TH , the host has to share this information with the sitter ( often by way of the welcome pack)
What happens if sitters don’t live in one place @Dawn109? How is their registered address any use if they’re full time nomads and/or explorers? We don’t get HOs addresses until we ask for them. THS don’t supply them.
I’d only be able to give you a mailing address! As we are full time nomads- 12 years! But super responsible housesitters with a large number of fabulous reviews!
As a sitter I’ve never had a HO ask me for my street address… because it’s irrelevant to them.
Especially as my government identification and police record have already been checked by THS.
The HO and I usually have a long get-to-know-you chat before we confirm, and they end up knowing way more important things about me.
I’m an open book, but where exactly my house sits in the town I’m from has never been of any interest.
As we get to know each other, we exchange phone #s, email addresses, and last names.
THS listings are public, which is why last names are not posted.
The information exchange is part of the application and acceptance process. Us sitters only get a vague idea of where you live and HO only get what the sitter lists and provides.
Personal when I apply for a sit, I include our full names, email and phone number. I have no problem giving that to a prospective sit HO to help them feel comfortable selecting us.
As others have said, too, we travel full time so my mailing address would be irrelevant to you and I’ve never had a request for that.
Why would you need my address? Are you coming to my house?
You’re the one who gives your address not THS because surprisingly I’ll need to get to your house to housesit
Rather a surprising group of angry replies. For the nomads - no one, by definition (not even THS) knows where you live. We will have had a cosy conversation on zoom. I would like a little more info about who is living in my house. The THS set up is marvellous (I have had more than dozen sitters), but its naive to think that ignorance is bliss. OK, THS has the data but if things go wrong just how willing will they be to hand that data over to the patrolman.
The replies are not “angry.” These are helpful people who responded to your question.
@Dawn109 my reply was to explain that THS do not share data with either the host or the sitter. This is because UK data laws do not permit third parties to share data . It is up to the host and sitter to exchange any information that they require.
I’m fine with exchanging equal info if I accept a sit. But pragmatically and realistically, I doubt HOs would have much recourse unless there was serious wrongdoing — it’s not as if the authorities are going to pursue people across state lines or country borders for the petty stuff that would / could happen. But if you’re really worried about that sort of thing, best to hire professional services with insurance and / or bonding.
The very definition of Nomads is to not have a fixed home address: they move from place to place, so no, you wouldn’t know where they live because they don’t live anywhere, technically, or at least, not as you’d like them to live, like yourself, at a permanent address you can give to people asking. They stay at other people’s permanent (or temporary) address, to take care of their pets, (at least for the nomads in this community, as we all know there are hundreds of types of nomads).
These answers come from some of the most veterans on this forum and on this platform. I don’t see anything angry about them, on the contrary, I find them quite helpful!
As you have had more than a dozen sitters and it worked great for you when you asked them for their home address and they gave it to you, without any issue, why raise it in the community? Answers might not be what you wanted to hear, but if the system you’ve implemented for your home and pets worked for you, why change it?
Hello everyone, just a reminder that while you may not agree with what someone is saying please keep comments respectful and kind as per the forum’s values. Thank you.
I think that is perfectly reasonable.
So I write my full name in the application. And there is a LinkedIn link in my profile.
Any time I’ve been given an address it’s been written into the welcome guide by the homeowner. Either that or they message me with the details.
If you want more than a name and a WhatsApp, I would just ask. I provide that information voluntarily once I get into the video/phone portion of a sit, but would not have an issue with being asked. All I care about is reciprocity, so if you need my full name to move forward, fine, please send me yours too.
You can just ask for that when they’ve applied, like you can ask everything you want to know. But as a HO I don’t see why I should want to know the sitters home address. The best sitters often don’t have a fixed home address. Or they do have one but never live there, because they’re always doing sits
Just today, during a phone chat, the HO asked where we live, and then was apologetic. it kind of sounded like she regretted asking something so personal. No big deal to me! I told her the region of the US state… and she was satisfied. And a little surprised!
I’m surprised that so many people are surprised when I tell them.
@Dawn109 I don’t see any angry responses here! Only different perspectives- from the sitter side. I personally wasn’t angry at all! But I do wonder why a sitter address is so important? This often comes up on threads. And the nomads amoung us always to try to explain/reassure those hosts who are unfamiliar with such a lifestyle. Would you trust a sitter with a home address and a couple, or no, reviews MORE than a full time nomadic sitter with a solid track record of successful sitting? Does having a fixed base make one more trustworthy? That doesn’t make sense really. Most full time sitters don’t have a fixed home because they don’t need one! Theyare never there! Home is where they are sitting or travelling!
The occasional sitter is a different ‘breed’ to a nomadic traveller/sitter. One commenter suggests if address etc is so important you might consider a paid service with insurance etc. That is not an angry response just an alternative approach that might suit you better.
When I apply I always include our WhatsApp number- not for reassurance- but so the host can respond directly & as quickly as possible!
I have no social media accounts except Facebook where I am not active. My THS user name is my ‘nickname’, I have two passports- both show my real/legal first name, one shows my married surname and the other my maiden name (as that country only uses maiden names) I have a mailing address (the home if a friend) in my original home country but only visit there once a year.
I think giving you all that info would cause more confusion and uncertainly than if you just have a good chat with us, read what all our previous hosts have written about us, and trust your gut!
Why would you need the sitter’s address, you’re not going to live there? As others have said, I’ve never been asked for my address by home owners. THS does not send us the owner’s address, we have to ask for it, and telephone numbers, email address etc
As a Homeowner, my main concern is obtaining their phone number and email address for the purpose of communication and sharing access to the touchpad lock and ring camera. I don’t typically inquire about their last names, but occasionally, when they provide it along with their phone number or email on platforms like WhatsApp, I reciprocate by sharing mine. I have nothing to hide, but requesting a home address may come across as too intrusive. I don’t even know where my dog walker lives, but I know she lives in the neighborhood, and many neighbors can vouch for her (myself included). Perhaps you should trust what other HO’s say in the reviews and follow your gut when you speak to them on the phone.