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House-sit wanted in London!


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We're leaving our house in France and visiting London for 3 months. A

canadian couple are taking care of everything and looking after our

cats while we're away, saving us fees and worry about pet care. They'll

keep our place warm and secure, take messages and forward mail. In

return they get free acommodation in an area they want to explore.

We'd like to do the same for someone in London as we think it is the

perfect win-win situation. Does anyone know someone who will be away

for any length of time in January, February or March? Or perhaps you

have an idea as to where we might advertise.

Any suggestions are appreciated. We're a professional couple who used

to live in north London so know what to expect. We've got references

and have also been CRB checked as my husband is a school governor. We

just want to spend some time back in London, seeing more of our kids

and new grand-child. Thanks for any advice, contacts or ideas!

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You can find, though, that house sitting via a specialist company is very restricting, due to the limitations of their insurance (a necessity if they are legit'.)  A friend of mine used to do this a lot and couldn't leave the houses unoccupied for more than two or three hours at a time so this may not suit the o/p.

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These are not companies, but sites offering home owners and sitters the opportunities to contact each other directly.  Whatever arrangements are made between the sitters and sittees are private. The sites offer guidelines as to basic contracts and agreements etc. if the parties so wish.  Besides, most insurance companies would be happier to have a home occupied than not..

If you look at them, you'll see what I mean.

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