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    Hi - was talking to another landlord the other day, and I mentioned that I always send my tenants Christmas cards. He looked at me as though I was crazy and said he would not dream of doing that. So what do other forum members do? I should point out that the rest of the year we are very business like and do not make friends of our tenants.(or enemies hopefully) I suppose that I think at Christmas a bit of good will does not go amiss.

    P.S. Happy Christmas to all!

  • #2
    I've always tried to build up a good rapport with my tenants, so sending Christmas cards is a great way to do this.
    My first lot of tenants were a lovely family, and always enjoyed me popping in when i was back in the UK for a cup of tea and a chat, so i would send them postcards from time to time.
    My other tenants have been filthy, awkward or damaging my property in some way, so no way would they get one.
    So my opinion is, good tenants, yes, bad tenants no to the cards!

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    • #3
      What a lovely landlady you are Susan2! Being a tenant, I for one, would be very pleased to receive a Christmas card from our Landlord/Agent but have only ever done so once, and we had a great relationship with that landlord, he even moved all our property from the North to Surrey when we moved out. We looked after him and he looked after us - a two way street. Your matey maybe needs to take a leaf out of your book, and he may find that it would be appreciated in a similar way to the above, after all we are human beings us tenants and some of us are pretty decent!

      Merry Christmas!

      Deedy

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      • #4
        I allways leave a couple of bottles of wine on the door steps.

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        • #5
          me too

          Always to the neighbours too on both sides, with a mobile phone number added in case they need it.



          Alex

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          • #6
            What sarcastic buggers you are dazalock and magic genie!

            Deedy

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            • #7
              No .... I really do!

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              • #8
                Honestly??? You don't have properties in the Surrey area do you, cos if you do, I'll move in tomorrow!! Me, hubby and nine year old daughter. Both me and hubby are professionals (though the way we are treated sometimes you wouldn't think so!) and are renting until we decide if we want to stay or emigrate to Oz. If you are in this area I'd be VERY interested!! Good on you - you have restored my faith somewhat!

                Deedy

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                • #9
                  I popped in to see out tenants this weekend whilst in London. They gave me a card and a bottle of wine. I felt really bad about not giving them anything.

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                  • #10
                    I received a lovely Christmas card today ...................... from my Corgi registered gas man. With it were two landlords gas safety certificates - and a large invoice!

                    P.P.
                    Last edited by P.Pilcher; 22-12-2005, 22:35 PM. Reason: typo
                    Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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                    • #11
                      Sorry, Bournemouth only ... LOL at P.Pilcher, maybe Ill enclose a S13 and a S21 in my Christmas cards, just to keep upto date!!!

                      It does work to be nice .... One of my tenants put his own rent up by £20 the other day!!!!!

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                      • #12
                        Shame about that Dazalock as there don't appear to be too many of your kind in this area! What a star tenant - bless!

                        Great seasonal banter!

                        Deedy

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                        • #13
                          The wife and I delivered cards to our tennants and one ex tennant last night and from one family we received a gift for our five month old son.

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                          • #14
                            Well Dazlock, must be the Dorset way of doing business as we are Swanage based and undertake the same niceties at this time of year regardless of the landlord/tenant relationship (we've had good times and we've had bad times within the same tenant relationship). Our theory is that we both need to co-exist as amicably as possible and that if you give respect you are more likely to receive it!!
                            However I do realise from reading this Forum that we have been very lucky with our tenants and this might therefore sound a little naive to some landlords.........

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                            • #15
                              Grrr...

                              < What sarcastic buggers you are dazalock and magic genie! Deedy >

                              Hey!! I'm serious too.

                              Alex

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