Deck the halls and warm up the mulled wine – it’s December and the countdown to Christmas has begun! This time of year can present particular challenges for landlords, but with a little preparation you can make sure your property is looked after over the festive season. Want to know more? Here’s the Gough Quarters landlords’ guide to Christmas.
Protect your property
December tends to see a spike in burglaries, especially if properties are empty for the holidays (we’ve all seen Home Alone!), so find out if your tenants will be going away and how long for. If your property will be empty for some time, try to visit every few days to turn lights on and off and to open and close the curtains, to make it look like the property is still occupied. You should also check your property insurance – some policies won’t provide cover if your property is empty for more than a few weeks.
Send a safety checklist
If your tenants are staying put for the holidays, there are things they can do to keep your property (and themselves!) safe over Christmas. You might want to send them a checklist of safety tips for the festive season. Here are a few essentials to include:
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended
- Turn off fairy lights overnight
- Keep windows closed and door locked
- Keep valuables and expensive presents out of sight
- Put the heating on regularly to prevent burst pipes
- Notify the landlord immediately if you notice a leak
Treat your tenants
Christmas is all about celebration and goodwill, so you might want to mark the occasion by giving your tenants a Christmas gift. According to a survey by Simple Landlords Insurance, 45% of landlords give their tenants a token of the season: the most popular by far is a Christmas card, but other choices include chocolates and wine. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your tenants, check out our blog post ‘7 heartwarming Christmas gifts for tenants‘ for more inspiration.
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