Homesitting Terms and Conditions

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A    HOMESIT is in the business of introducing Home Sitters to Homeowners.

B    The Home Owners obtain the benefit of having someone live in and look after their property and pets while they are away.

C    The Home Sitter obtains the benefit of free accommodation during the period the Home Sitter resides in the house (“the home sit period”).

D    HOMESIT charges a fee to the home owner for arranging the Home Sit.

E.   Days are calculated as being the day a Sitter moves in and the day the Sitter moves  out as well as all those days in between regardless of the time of day that they take up  and or give up their role.


1. HOMESIT will introduce a Home Sitter to the Home Owner for a fee. That fee is based on the Home Sit period and the pets or animals to care for.

2. Neither the Home Owner nor the Home Sitter introduced by HOMESIT are obliged to accept the proposed home sit arrangement.  If either the Home Owner or the Home Sitter introduced by HOMESIT reject the proposed arrangement then HOMESIT will use its best endeavours to introduce an alternative Home Sitter.  

3. HOMESIT'S Sitters have undertaken to HOMESIT that if a proposed Home Sit arrangement is accepted by both the Home Owner and the Sitter, then the Sitter will:

(a). reside in the relevant home for the period of time that has been arranged by HOMESIT. 

(b). comply with the Home Owners’ reasonable instructions in relation to the care of the home and pets or animals.

(c). immediately advise the Home Owner and HOMESIT if for any reason the Sitter becomes unable to take care of a home or the relevant pets or animals, is unable to comply with the Home  Owners’ reasonable instructions, the relevant home is damaged, or the pet/s or animal/s are injured or become ill.

4. HOMESIT takes steps to prevent unsuitable people from being included in its pool of Home Sitters.  Notwithstanding this, however, HOMESIT is only introducing the Home Sitter to the Home Owner and cannot guarantee the actions or omissions of the Home Sitters. Accordingly, any liability of HOMESIT (whether pursuant to this agreement or any other agreement or arrangement between HOMESIT and the Home Owner) for the actions, omissions or breaches by the Home Sitter is specifically excluded and HOMESIT will not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damage which may be caused by the Home Sitter.

5. The Home Owner will not seek to employ, retain or use (either directly or indirectly) any Home Sitter introduced by HOMESIT to carry out a further home sit for a period of 2 years after the date of the initial home sit agreed to, except via HOMESIT.

6. Deposit.

(a). When a Home Owner submits a request booking for a Home Sitter they will be required to pay a deposit of $100. (Unless specifically agreed otherwise by the local HOMESIT Area Manager)

(b).Once the deposit has been paid the Sit request will be acknowledged and the Sit will appear on the weekly sit list in the usual way.

(c). The deposit will be refunded in full in the event that HOMESIT NZ Ltd is unable to provide the Home Owner with a sitter. The Deposit will act as a cancellation fee if the Home Owner cancels the booking or fills the booking privately. If the Home Owner either cancels the booking or fills the sit privately after the booking is submitted then the deposit will not be refunded.

(d). Extremely secure Payment facilities for the deposit are available on the website.

(e). Where invoices are issued to Home Owners for the balance of the fees due, payment can be made by either Internet banking or via a secure payment facilty on the website where Owners are required to securely logon. Logon details will have been issued to Owners and can be updated on request.

7. The Sitter will not:

(a) For a period of 2 years from the date of being engaged in a Sit, be employed or retained directly or indirectly by any Home Owner (being a home owner that HOMESIT has introduced the sitter to, or which HOMESIT has arranged the sitter to carry out a homesit for) to carry out a Home Sit for the Home Owner otherwise than through HOMESIT'S business; and

(b) Charge or seek to charge any amount to the Owners of the relevant homes (whether directly or indirectly, and whether for goods or services or any other benefit provided by the Sitter to the Home Owner) during the home sit period; and

(c) Otherwise be engaged in or take part in the business of Home sitting within 200 metres of any home that the sitter has carried out a house sitting arranged by HOMESIT (otherwise than the home sitting business operated by HOMESIT).

8. If the sitter breaches the above clause 7 then the sitter will pay Homesit (by way of liquidated damages):

(a) the amount that the sitter has charged the owner/s of the relevant homes, or the amount that HOMESIT would have charged the Owner/s of the relevant homes, whichever is the greater; and
(b) HOMESIT'S legal and enforcement costs and disbursements, calculated on a solicitor-client basis, of enforcing HOMESIT'S rights under clause 7.

9. The Sitter indemnifies HOMESIT against any claims which may be made by the Owner of the homes that the Sitter home sits pursuant to an arrangement made via HOMESIT.



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