With the countdown to Christmas nearly at an end, it is a good time to consider any potential festive fallout with your tenants and property this season. With forward planning and communication, you can ensure that you all have a harmonious holiday season.
Make sure that your property is prepared for winter
It is extremely important to ensure that your property is prepared for the harsh winter weather, especially over Christmas and into the New Year.
Carrying out these simple property maintenance checks can help to prevent major problems over the coming season and help to prepare your tenants should any problems arise.
Key checks include boiler maintenance, inspecting the roof and guttering and making sure the property is adequately ventilated to avoid damp and mould.
It is also a good idea to provide emergency numbers to your tenant’s and a maintenance handbook for the property.
To find out more check out our blog on winter property maintenance, including our top tips, here.
Take fire precautions
While Christmas decorations create a cosy festive atmosphere in your property they can pose a significant fire risk in a property especially if near the naked flame of Christmas candles. Don’t forget about overloaded sockets from your decorative lights.
In order to reduce the risks posed by these hazards make sure that your tenants switch off any decorative fairy lights when leaving the property, especially those on a Christmas tree.
If candles are permitted in your property, remind your tenants that they should not be left unattended or near any flammable soft furnishings and decorations. Now is the perfect time to also check that all smoke detectors are in good working order.
Be vigilant about security
With Christmas shopping at the top of everyone’s to-do list, properties are beginning to fill up with desirable presents. Unfortunately, despite Christmas being the season of goodwill, there is a significant increase in the number of burglaries around this time of year.
In order to reduce the likelihood of your property being targeted make sure that the windows and doors of your rental property are secure, also consider installing motion sensor lighting and a burglar alarm.
It is also a good idea to encourage your tenants to do all they can to deter would-be criminals by disposing of gift packaging carefully, making sure that festive lighting cables are not fed through partially open windows, keeping valuables out of sight of windows and doors, using light timers when the property is vacant.
Keep the festive celebrations fun
During the festivities, it is likely that your tenants may have guests over if they are hosting a party the risk of damage and disturbance inevitably increases. In order to reduce this risk, it is a good idea to gently remind your tenants of some guidelines for keeping the festive celebrations problem free.
Encourage your tenants to notify their neighbours if they plan to have a party and be mindful of the noise that will likely occur. Neighbours will generally be more tolerant if they are given an advanced warning.
If you have any rules about hosting parties in your property, now is a good time to remind your tenants.
Encourage tenants to choose their guests wisely to avoid any accidental damage to the property. However, accidents can happen so remind tenants that should any damage occur they notify you as soon as possible, this can help to avoid a formal dispute at the end of the tenancy.
You could even communicate your festive tips to your tenant by including a checklist in a Christmas card.
Following these simple tips can ensure that both you and your tenants enjoy a wonderful problem free Christmas and New Year!
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