As winter approaches, tenants and landlords are looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year—the holiday festive season. But when it comes to rentals, it’s not all magic and celebrations. At least not until the rental property is prepared for the upcoming holidays.
Landlords and property owners are generally responsible for maintaining the outside of the building, but your tenants are responsible for the interiors. You all need to work together during the holiday season to keep the building safe and secure from harsh weather and holiday mishaps.
If you are a landlord or property manager, here are some tips you can pass on to your tenants to keep the holiday plans on track and the rental property safe.
Fire Prevention Tips
The National Fire Prevention Association estimates that more than 50% of house fires begin in the kitchen. Thanksgiving and Christmas are peak times for cooking, with lots of family members arriving for big meals. These tips can help you and your tenants enjoy a fire-free holiday season.
Kitchens are the number-one source of fires during the holidays, but a little care can make them safe for holiday meal preparation.
Holiday Decoration Tips
Everyone loves to decorate for the holiday season. Now is a good time to check if your lease has an open flame policy and gently remind tenants if you don’t permit candles in the unit.
Below are some other holiday decoration tips to help keep your property safe during this season.
Holiday decorations announce a happy holiday season, but they can also become a property damage hazard. These basic safety guidelines will help keep properties safe.
Travel Plans Tips
Some lease agreements require tenants to notify landlords or property managers if they will be away for the holidays and to provide a point of contact in case of emergencies. Below are some other travel tips to keep you and your rental properties safe.
Vacations can be stressful, but a little forethought will keep them from becoming overwhelming in an emergency.
Safety Tips in Case of Burglaries
It comes as no surprise that burglars and thieves love the holidays. Gifts are abundant, and people may be too busy merry-making to pay attention to furtive passers-by. Protect your property and tenants with a few precautions during this time of year—especially if you plan to be out of town for an extended period of time.
Nothing ruins your holiday cheer like being the victim of a crime. Practice these defensive techniques to avoid theft on your property.
Maintenance Tips for Extreme Temperatures
No property is safe from winter weather. In the East and North, snow, ice, and wind are winter hazards. In the west, winter can mean wildfire or mudslide season, depending on how much rain has fallen.
Warn your maintenance staff and your tenants to keep their eyes open for extreme temperature hazards. The following are some specific tips on how to manage your property during risky weather periods.
Hopefully, none of these dire weather emergencies will come to pass. However, preparing for them thoroughly is well worth the investment. No one wants roof leaks or pipe bursts during the holiday season, but planning ahead allows you to repair it quickly before anyone’s holiday is ruined, including yours.
Ringing in a Happy New Year for Your Tenants
The holidays should be the best time of year for you and your tenants. Planning ahead and making a few common sense preparations can keep everyone safe and secure once the celebrations are in full swing—from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
Once you have made it through the holidays, you can sit back and enjoy life during the remainder of your winter. After all, you’ve gotten through the toughest part of the year intact. All that’s left is shoveling out the driveway and waiting for the spring and summer months.
Managing or renting a property during the holidays may take a bit more work and consideration than at other times of the year. But it’s important to plan ahead in order to protect your tenants, property, and yourself. As long as that’s done, you can safely get into the holiday spirit knowing you’ve done everything right.