If you have visitors staying with you do you give them the keys to your house?

@pilbara (1436)
Australia
February 10, 2007 5:57pm CST
I'm talking more about acquaintances and friends than family. I would definitely give my family the keys. However, my sister asked if her nephew could stay with us for a couple of days while he is in town. While he seems a nice enough young man I am reluctant to give him the keys to my house.
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@resasour (378)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I would not do that. You do not know him that well. It may mean you have to go a little more out of the way to get schedules in sync, but I would not give someone I do not know very well, the key to my home. Of course, I would not let someone that i did not know very well stay in my home if I could not be there. But that is just me.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
11 Feb 07
That's the way I feel. If they don't have the keys they can only be in the house when I am here. This was a favour. He usually lives about 1500km away but had to come here for a college interview, He didn't know anyone here and being a student doesn't have much money, so it was no big hassle to have him here for a couple of days.
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@xXmeganxX (4422)
11 Feb 07
oh i see, lol, i call my family as everyone who is in my actual family, my cousins live in the same city as me, infact all of my family do.
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@xXmeganxX (4422)
11 Feb 07
i would even be careful with my family to be honest, ive known a few of my cousins to steal before in the future, there not like that now tho, but i still wouldn't trust them especially if i was out and they were alone in my house, i know saying this is bad but it's true, i like to have alot of trust in people and them cousins don't have alot of trust, and i certainly wouldn't trust anybody else with my keys, im a bit freaked out that my landlord has keys to my house too! :O)
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
11 Feb 07
Fair enough, when I saw my family I mean my parents and sisters, all of whom are honest. I don't often see my cousins all of whom live over 1000km's away, but with the exception of one, I wouldn't like to have them staying with me, not because they aren't honest but because I don't like them.
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
25 Feb 07
That's a tough question. If you don't want to it's kind of hard to address the situation and he might not be on the same schedule as you and have to come and go. You can get a keyless entry pad for your garage door and put it on the frame. That way he can come in and out and after he's gone, you can change the code. I think ours cost $40 but maybe there are some cheaper. You just program them to match the code in your garage door opener. Universal ones are available for almost all makes of doors.
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@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
I don't need to. I already have security and house-making staff to allow or deny entry to anyone while I'm away. For family and longtime friends I would give them the keys to my house. But if one of my relatives I know is a wild one. They'll just have to settle by being guarded by my home staff.
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