Live-in driver

#1 Nov 9th, 2014, 00:15
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Hi. I have been in Chennai a few months now (from UK) & have a great driver. He works 6days a week with early stars & late finishes as I live 1.5hrs outside the city.

He told me that he intends to rent a room locally, however I do have both a spare room and an unused maids room. Is it normal to offer either to a driver?

Am I expected to furnish the room if so?
Am I expected to feed him?
The maids ensuite has no shower, just a tap near the floor - is this normal?
What do the staff do for hours with no tv/books etc in the room?

Does anyone else have a live in driver? I would prefer not to offer a genuine spare room as I would like to keep my own space, however I feel guilty even typing that sentence.....
#2 Nov 9th, 2014, 01:35
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I don't think you need to furnish the room. You are also not expected to feed him. Doesn't he have the basic furniture in the place that he is living currently?
#3 Nov 9th, 2014, 05:23
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You are not as 'beastie' as your name suggests. Welcome to IndiaMike

It is absolutely not required to offer him your spare guest room. He needs a bed to rest in as most of the time he would be out. I don't know your particular citcumstances, but I would offer him the use of the maid's room and get a TV for him with cable or TataSky. He can use the shower in the guest room unless there are guests, in which case he could use your's.

In my building, in Bombay, drivers don't normally live with their employers, they live independently. You could also consider contributing towards the rent if he finds a suitable place nearby, though that too is not the norm.
#4 Nov 9th, 2014, 05:43
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I find that my live in driver can be quite demanding. She always wants the last word.
#5 Nov 9th, 2014, 05:44
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ALWAYS a good idea to let her have the final word! Else you will be driven where you do NOT want to go! A driven man is a wise man.
#6 Nov 9th, 2014, 20:50
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This live-in driver is on strike. Let my wife take autos!

BeastieBoy, I don't have a driver or any live-in staff, but I'd say that you are not obliged to offer any accommodation unless that was part of the deal. If you do offer accommodation, you might pay less --- unless the understanding is that the driver lives in and is available for more hours.

If you do offer accommodation to any staff, I think you should provide basic furniture. Bed, chair, table, small cupboard, fan. Especially the fan. It maybe that, if he is used to sleeping on a mat on the floor, he won't need the bed. Which he would probably call a cot.
#7 Nov 10th, 2014, 16:33
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You should permit him to have his own arrangement with no responsibility/burden on you.

If he is working, he should take care of his accommodation. Thus, there won't be any obligation either way.
#8 Nov 12th, 2014, 20:53
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I have provided a steel framed bed, mattress and pillow (the room has a fan, cupboard & ensuite toilet already) but decided that he should take care of his own food arrangements.

Thanks for the help!

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