Christmas is fast approaching and we’ve just less than three weeks until the big day itself. Unfortunately, for a lot of landlords that doesn’t always mean a holiday! Getting through the Christmas period does take some preparation and some planning ahead so now is the time to be talking to your tenants…
Many people leave their property for a few days over Christmas and this is well known by thieves and squatters alike. If your tenants are going away for anything longer than a week, make sure they let you know so you or a neighbour can check that all is still well. If they’re going away for a longer period of time, consider the need for unoccupied property insurance.
Christmas is a romantic time of year and a popular time for couples to get together and think about moving in. Of course, that’s great news, unless you’re letting to someone who’s moving out! If your tenants are spending lots of time away from your property it’s not necessarily a problem, but make sure you know if they’re thinking of moving out. Unfortunately, break-ups are equally common, so don’t be surprised if you receive notice over Christmas.
On top of the bigger risks, there are smaller things that can be dangerous. Tenants often decide Christmas day is a nice time to light a fire or use cooking appliances they’re not necessarily safe with. There is nothing you can do about this, but ensure your safety measures are in place; advise your tenants to sweep your chimney if you have an open fire and make sure the kitchen is well equipped and the electronics are sound.
We’ll be counting down to Christmas very soon but now is the time to get thinking. You don’t need to be unduly worried, but why not drop a Christmas card in for your tenants and check that they’re all well?