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10 Perfect Gifts for Your Tenants

Whether it’s the holiday season or just time to renew the lease, you might find yourself in need of some good gift ideas for your tenants. It can be difficult to come up with gift ideas for people you don’t know very well, but it also can’t hurt to show a little extra appreciation to the people renting your property.

We’ve come up with 10 gift ideas that would be perfect for you to surprise your tenants with the next time the occasion arises.

 

  • A gift card to a nearby restaurant. This is an especially good idea for newer tenants, since it will welcome them to the area and help them feel more at home. Don’t feel like you have to go overboard—a $10-20 card will be enough!
  • A bottle of a festive drink. Particularly appropriate around the holidays, a bottle of wine, champagne, or sparkling cider will do just enough to show your tenant that you’re thinking of them.
  • A personal card. If your family sends out holiday cards, include your tenants on your recipient list. This may seem small, but it will show them that you consider them a friend and will ultimately be good for your relationship. Non-holiday cards are also appropriate throughout the year, especially when your tenant first moves in or renews their lease.
  • Nice hand soap. Practical and thoughtful, hand soap is a safe gift that will remind your tenants of you every time they use it.
  • Movie tickets. Movie tickets are fairly inexpensive, and who doesn’t love going to the movies? Throw in a box of candy if you’re feeling extra generous!
  • Cookies or treats from a local bakery. Many bakeries offer special holiday-themed treats around the holidays. Nice baked goods are always appreciated and seem like a very personal gift.
  • A nice blanket. It just seems fitting to include something for the home on this list. Blankets are easy to find, fairly inexpensive, and crowd-pleasers!
  • A box of chocolates. Fancy enough to earn you lots of brownie points. Easy enough to grab on your next grocery trip. Win-win.
  • A door mat. Another “home-centric” gift, this is another cost effective gift option that will help your tenants feel at home in your property. Choose a fairly plain style that most people would like, and include the gift receipt in case they decide to exhange it.
  • A board game. Perfect for renters with families, a board game will be a great addition to their home. Go with a classic favorite, like Scrabble, Sorry, or Life, to make sure they’ll love it.

Hopefully, this quick gift guide has given you some ideas of gifts to give your tenants. Whether it’s a welcome gift, a holiday present, or a token of appreciation, your tenant will be sure to enjoy receiving a gift from you.
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Rental Properties and Holiday Lights: What You Should Know

Most people love to decorate around the holidays, and your renters are probably no exception. Whether it’s an elaborate front-yard extravaganza, or some garland hung on the fireplace mantel, chances are, your renters are bringing the holiday cheer to your property this season.

The truth is, most holiday light displays are perfectly harmless. They’re beautiful, festive, and bring a sense of joy to the person displaying them. However, holiday lights have been known to create hazards in the home, and the last thing you want is for your valuable rental property to become less valuable because of an electrical mishap.

To avoid such problems, consider giving your renters a helpful sheet of things to keep in mind as they set up their holiday light displays this year. Here are some of the things you should include.

What kind of lights to use

Lights should be UL listed, which means they will have been third-party tested for safety. They should also only be used where they are appropriately rated for use; that is, lights that are rated for indoor use only should not be used outside. Packaging should be clearly labeled that the lights are UL listed and rated for a specific type of use, so hopefully this shouldn’t create much confusion in your tenants’ minds.

Good practices for extension cords

Most people know not to load up a single plug with too many extension cords. This can cause electrical problems that could be significant. It can also create a fire hazard.

Common courtesy

Remind tenants that lights should not be left on all night, especially if part of the display flashes or makes some kind of noise.

Keep an eye on things

Exposed wires or broken plugs can cause problems with holiday lights. So, too, can broken bulbs. Make sure your tenants are aware of these problems and remind them to inspect their light strands before setting them up. If they need to replace bulbs, make sure they know to double check what the proper wattage is for the strand. Using the incorrect wattage can create a fire hazard.

Hanging methods

Let your tenants know how you would prefer holiday lights and decorations be hung in the home, both outside and inside. For outdoor lights, you could suggest plastic clips for fixing lights to the house itself, or request that the lights be kept only to the landscaping. For indoors, if you aren’t comfortable with nails or pushpins in the walls, you could suggest Command hooks or strips, which can hold a good amount of weight and won’t do any damage to your walls.

If all goes well, the holidays will pass without incident for you and your renters. Just to be sure, consider reminding them of these tips before they deck the halls this holiday season.

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