Why you should show a bit of Christmas cheer to your tenant

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 10:00

There has been a letter from a landlord to a tenant that’s recently been doing the rounds on social media, where the landlord has given his tenant a month’s rent for free as a Christmas present, as he knows his tenant has had a bit of a hard time recently. This letter has been shared a million times plus, what a kind gesture!

Now, I’m not suggesting that every landlord does the same, but a kind Christmas gesture will do wonders to for your relationship with your tenant. It’s nice to show that you really appreciate them living in your property and looking after it well; treat your tenants well, and they will respect you in return.

In the same way that a boss may reward his or her employees at Christmas with a bonus for all their hard work, I believe it’s a nice gesture for landlords to say thank you to their tenants too.

You don’t have to spend a fortune, after all, it’s the thought that counts. You can consider buying them some chocolates, or bottle of wine or champagne, or even something for the house such as a calendar for the New Year.

Other ideas could include a Christmas bauble, or mince pies, you could even give them some money towards their next bills, or even offer to pay something for them for the next couple of months, such as the broadband.

Why should you bother? Surely if you’ve got a good tenant, they’ll still be a good tenant if you have or haven’t given them a Christmas present?

That may be true, but that sentence above makes you sound a little bit like Scrooge. It is Christmas, after all!

Besides, it will encourage your tenant to continue renting with you for longer, they will be more likely to continue treating your property like it were their own, and it will make them feel valued and loved, it’s nice to be appreciated.

So go on, feel the Christmas love and splash out on a gift for your tenants. You never know, you might get one in return!

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