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We AirBnB two bedrooms in our house to guests. Sometimes we are unsure if guests are in their room or not. We need to go past the window of one of the rooms to the washline and it’s nice to know if they are there or not.
My security cameras are great way to help monitor this. For example recently i saw the guest car was gone. But I checked the video and the woman had stayed behind…with rhe dog no doubt. Without the camera I wouldn’t know.
You could give them guest keys on a large ribbon or paddle and ask them to leave them in a bowl next to the main front door when in “so you don’t forget them or accidentally take them with you when you depart”.
It can be tough to tell sometimes. We have had a number of guests drive their car here only to hire an Uber to go out. (I assume so they can drink and not drive). We thought they were here when they weren’t.
I have an 8 yr old who shouts, are they on or out, one guy replied i am in. He nearly died ,went the colour of a strawberry. Rest of us just burst out laughing including the guest.
Living with young boys, it means fart out loud, leave the toilet door open when using it and get up to loud mischief if they guest is out.
And for once, @jaquo, I am going to disagree with you. I share my home with my guests and there are times that I need to know if they are in or out. Every day I need to gather their dishes and coffee canister, grind fresh coffee, and play Breakfast Fairy. I prefer to do this while the guests are out.
And then, in the evenings, I leave the door unlocked for the guests’ return. If they are already home when I go to bed, I lock the front door and turn off the lights. If they are out, the door is unlocked and lights are on. I leave them a note to remind them to lock and turn off any lights that they can find.
And finally, my guests have a suite of rooms on the third floor. In the event of a fire [a real possibility with older housing stock], I have no interest in sending firepeople to the third floor to save people who are not there.
All of that said, I have no fool-proof system to know when people are in or out. If they come home when I am not there, I can see that they have used the key. If they prefer to take off their shoes in the foyer, I can see that. But then there are the “silent” ones. I simply don’t hear them go up the stairs and then they are so quiet while in their rooms, I don’t hear them then either.
My OP only related to a house with the host. If it was a separate dwelling it would be of no interest to us
Even if there is no direct need to know whether or not they are in their room it is unsettling. We do adjust our behaviour to align with our guests where sensible. It could be TV or music volume or conversation. Think *!&^%#.
My house rules ask for them to tell me if they will be away for 24 hours or longer, just so I know.
(I do long term rentals.)
I once had a student who was awfully quiet for days and he had no car. Never saw him. I texted him to ask was everything okay and found out he’d left town to visit someone.