This is a strange review. I’m not sure why Thomas would say I was home to let him in when in fact I was working, and only came home specifically to check him in at our scheduled appointment time (which I was 100% on time for). I’m also not sure why he would stand outside in the rain for a half hour, when there are many stores and restaurants in my neighborhood & of course he could have waited in the lobby of my building as well. I also never said anything about them being noisy, so I’m not sure where that comment is coming from, but sure, I think most hosts & guests would agree that it’s an assumption that you shouldn’t be noisy when living with other adults and in a place with neighbors... but again, this never came up, so it’s an interestingly random/ left-field comment. I did though, write him a simple friendly reminder about the toilet seat though. When my roommate woke up in the middle of the night, half asleep, needing to use the restroom in her own home, and in a dark room, sat directly on the toilet bowl covered in Thomas’s urine, I thought it perfectly appropriate & necessary to address it. Again, my message was simple, brief, calm, and kind, just a gentle reminder, but I think it is to be assumed that by the time a man is well into adulthood and is living as a guest in someone else’s home, a home where everyone else is a woman, he should put the seat back down once he’s finished using the bathroom. I wouldn’t consider this a constraining rule (or even a rule at all, rather a widely-known common courtesy), and don’t think most other people would either.
I also think it important to note that while NYC is by design full of many buildings, and I’ve never been in an apartment or hotel here where you couldn’t see other buildings out the window, I provide curtains in my guest bedroom, so there’s no way anyone can see inside if you’re using the curtains. I definitely would never want to board up the window with a big unsightly “plank,” blocking out the light... another strange comment in my opinion. There is also a closet and other amenities for guest use which he does not mention, and the subway is right at the end of my block, with only a 10 minute ride to Times Square.