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Court Barn near West Pennard, Somerset. This barn is in the care of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty in the United Kingdom.
Caretaker can also refer to a caregiver.

A caretaker is someone who has the job of looking after a building. For example, the building could be a school or shop.

Duties and functions

The caretaking profession includes positions as housesitters, ranch sitters, bed & breakfast and innsitters, property managers, estate managers, and hosts at resorts or campgrounds.

Caretakers are sometimes used by property owners who are unwilling or unable to hire a professional management company. Many homeowners who rent their properties may hire caretakers instead of property managers in order to save money. Caretakers are not licensed by any state or local authority and are often relatively cheaper than their professional counterparts.

In the UK, a number of buildings have a live-in caretaker whose part-time responsibilities might include letting tradesmen in, taking in parcels and signing for letters, holding keys, vacuuming the common areas, washing the communal steps and windows, etc. The caretaker will often live in a flat rent free.

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