We are a friendly expat couple living in Nairobi for almost 11 years now. Our apartment is in a "resort"-like compound in a great location in Kilimani. The compound has a standby generator, own water borehole, a swimming pool, 24-hour security, green and open spaces, electric security fence, parking, and compound-wide wifi coverage. With the current water rationing and frequent power outages in Nairobi, a standby generator and own water borehole really rate high these days!
We don't really have many household rules except those guided by common courtesy and respect, thoughtfulness and good sense:
1) Please, kindly remove your street shoes by the entry hallway and make use of our many house slippers. These are kept clean for each new guest.
2) The security in our compound is good and discourages any unannounced visitors you may wish to invite in our home WITHOUT our knowledge, presence, and consent. This is both for your security and ours. Remember, this is OUR home.
3) Please tidy up after yourself in all common areas like the kitchen, dining and living rooms as well as the bathroom and hall toilet.
4) Should you wish to cook or prepare a snack, we would be happy if you wash up afterwards, including all pots, pans, dishes, and utensils you used and give the stove and countertops a good wipe. :-) This is to discourage pests since we live on the ground floor.
5) Please refrain from eating and/or leaving food crumbs, dirty plates and utensils in your room lest ants and other much less desirable pests pay you a visit.
6) You may smoke outside in our secluded terrace and please remember to properly dispose of your cigarette butts afterwards.
7) Power outages are very common in Nairobi and rates have gone up considerably. All our lights use power-saving bulbs but please turn off main light in your bedroom if you're not there.
We usually turn on the water heater in the morning for some 20 minutes or so before the first person takes a shower. (We have this old-fashioned water heater aka "boiler" instead of "instant shower"). Normally there should be enough hot water for everyone already. Should you wish to shower in the evening after a hot and dusty day, kindly remember to turn off the water heater please after 20 to 30 minutes since it's a real power hog. :-)
8) This is our home too where we also do a lot of work (the downside of laptops and internet connectivity haha) and so the place does get a bit cluttered sometimes with work paraphernalia - papers, books, bags, power cords, etc. Plus the catsies must have their toys... We must all do our very best to tidy up after ourselves. :-)
9) Rule of thumb: Please don't do what you would not want others to do in your own home. :-)