Christmas gifts are a wonderful way to spread festive cheer to the tenants in your rental properties. Of course, it isn’t essential to give gifts and many landlords will only do so for very special tenants. However, a survey by Endsleigh found that 70% of people who received an ‘act of kindness’ from their landlord stayed in their property for 2 years or more, so even a small present could go a long way to building a friendly landlord–tenant relationship.
If you’re thinking of giving your tenants a festive treat, here are 7 ideas to inspire you!
1. Lower rent
At the top of many tenants’ Christmas list is money off the rent. The festive season is tough on everybody’s wallets, but if you have full control over your rates and can afford to give a discount, this could be a great way to make your tenants feel warm and fuzzy when it’s cold outside.
2. Property improvements
Has the shower been acting up all year? Is the fridge on its last legs? Christmas is a fantastic time to make those improvements you’ll probably need to make eventually anyway, so why not invest in a new appliance or repaint a room to bring a smile to your tenants’ faces?
3. Food and drink
‘Tis the season of eating and drinking, so treat your tenants to something tasty that they can enjoy on a long, dark winter evening. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen you could bake a cake or some cookies yourself, or just pop to the shop for a tin of biscuits, a box of chocolates and a nice bottle of wine.
4. House cleaning
If your property is going to be empty over the holidays, take advantage of that time to bring in some professional cleaners so your tenants can start the new year in a freshly cleaned house. Make sure to let them know beforehand so they can tidy away any clutter and leave bedroom doors unlocked.
5. Christmas decorations
Many new renters don’t have Christmas decorations of their own, and there’s no easier way to get into the festive spirit than with some colourful decorations! If you want to treat your tenants (and make your property look lovely at the same time) why not give them some outdoor fairy lights, garden ornaments or a wreath for the front door?
Are you unsure about what your tenants like to eat, or how they spend their spare time? Not to worry! Vouchers for restaurants, cinemas or popular shops make great gifts, especially if you’re letting to a house of sharers who will be able to spend the vouchers together as a group.
7. Card and flowers
Want to keep it simple? Then you can’t go wrong with a classic Christmas card and a bunch of flowers. Seasonal flowers include red roses, poinsettia, spruce and holly, and you can fill your card with a message of festive gratitude.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Gough Quarters!
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