I need to get on the front foot with this one as within the space of a few days:
1. A four-month housesit starting at Easter, booked since last June, was cancelled by the homeowners as their daughter is returning from Europe – they were just a little slow to share that information with me.
15 days’ notice. Ok.
2. Following on from two horrific weeks in Surry Hills in the worst housesit of my experience, one that required police visits and really should involve an ‘apartment condemned’ declaration, and culminated in my spending five awful hours in the Westmead Emergency Department on the last day of the housesit, a friend of the housesit ‘host’ threatened this week to get a group of hackers to destroy my online presence.
She was a bit careless, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and after my reports to a couple of authorities, I’m hoping she’s in more trouble than Speed Gordon.
All that signs, symbols and colours stuff I bang on about comes in handy.
She shouldn’t have been wearing a company t-shirt.
But I’ve taken my Facebook page down as a pre-caution and it remains down until further notice.
3. The cherry on top of these sorry episodes was that my housesitting provider showed their true colours as not being the most professional player on the park.
People, if you’re in business and you don’t offer a phone number as a point of contact, you’re not worth my dealing with.
If your preferred method of contact is Facebook Messenger, I will ask you this:
Are you 13 years old?
I was dragging my heels on amassing a mountain of documentation, photos, videos, etc. plus my discussions with Police Hotline, LAC Surry Hills Police, Family and Community Services, the housing commission*, NSW Finance, RSPCA NSW, Animal Welfare League, Petbarn, and probably others.
So on the Ides of March – Thursday 15 March 2018, they summarily cancelled my membership.
More fool me for not checking this guy out far more closely and for not realising it was a housing commission flat. Call me naive.
I won’t housesit in a housing commission flat. I want to, because frankly there are solid, reliable, honest, friendly, gregarious people as neighbours, but the compliance and insurance issues preclude it.
The NSW Police who attended at Surry Hills told me that the particular area is infamous for noise complaints, crime, vandalism, alcohol and drug abuse, and other social niceties. Great.
Sadly, the housesitting providers I have dealt with in the last four years have an institutional bias to home owners, or in this case, the subsidised rent-sometimes-paying client of FaCS.
For my sins, I now have deep vein thrombosis, elevated levels of hypertension, hypotension (that was very scary – nearly killed me twice), and those on their own WERE playing merry hell with a couple of very otherwise manageable conditions. I cut down the salt, and two weeks later, I’m out dancing on nights off and doing somersaults on the back lawn with the dog, cat and rabbit.
It’s been emotional. It’s been instructive. It’s been charactet-building.
Juggling all of this has been atv times horrendous, because I also have a life to lead which is very full right now.
I’m trying to kickstart a new business phase that includes tonnes of work from home, but I’m forever putting out fires elsewhere.
8.45pm on St Patrick’s Day and I am ready for bed and to sleep for a week. 😪
Luckily, my current housesit is absolutely fabulous.
But between sorting out Chummy in Surry Hills with his maverick hacker friend, and the usual fiery hoops I have to somersault through financially until my inheritance comes through – 18mths now it’s been, and it was all supposed to be squared away at end 2016 when I was green-lit for $15K in business funding.
So, if you’re with this housesitting provider, you may get some form of notice from them about my being a naughty, naughty boy. I haven’t, I’ve just prioritised staying alive in preference to filling out a 36 page report with video attachments and the 72 8×10 glossy foto’s***.
I’m been disheartened and frustrated, but it just means I paddle harder to get past the obstacle.
Pick the knots out of those metaphors!
Right now I’m… well, see the video below from one of my favourite artists. Touring right now in Australia.
If you have questions, please contact me.
I really appreciate the lovely support I’ve had from past clients who value my services, and don’t buy the nonsense this provider (and another from last year) have put me through – just because they want to believe the best about the homeowners at the expense of their housesitters WHO PAY FOR THEIR MEMBERSHIPS.
I don’t get upset any more. I just go off and find more suitable options. I’m getting heaps. Forza Blue Mountains!
And I take appropriate action to protect my name and reputation. And the worse I cop it, the harder I push back. 😠
Thanks for your time.