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Xmas Gift? (by Joanie [AZ]) Dec 5, 2019 10:41 AM
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       Xmas Gift? (by Nana&Papa [IN]) Dec 5, 2019 11:17 AM
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       Xmas Gift? (by Robin [FL]) Dec 5, 2019 12:37 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by Steve [MA]) Dec 5, 2019 4:16 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by JB [OH]) Dec 5, 2019 5:46 PM
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       Xmas Gift? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Dec 5, 2019 6:05 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by P.B. [MI]) Dec 5, 2019 7:04 PM
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       Xmas Gift? (by Lynn [MA]) Dec 5, 2019 10:36 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by small potatoes [NY]) Dec 5, 2019 10:47 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by Nicole [PA]) Dec 5, 2019 10:48 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by Ron [CA]) Dec 6, 2019 10:24 AM
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       Xmas Gift? (by Lou [GA]) Dec 6, 2019 11:48 AM
       Xmas Gift? (by Karen Day [FL]) Dec 6, 2019 11:53 AM
       Xmas Gift? (by Tim [VA]) Dec 6, 2019 1:06 PM
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       Xmas Gift? (by myob [GA]) Dec 6, 2019 1:50 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by dan [OR]) Dec 6, 2019 4:05 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by East Coast Landlord [NJ]) Dec 6, 2019 5:57 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by Jkj [MA]) Dec 6, 2019 6:09 PM
       Xmas Gift? (by RentsDue [MA]) Dec 6, 2019 9:45 PM
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Xmas Gift? (by Joanie [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 10:41 AM
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What do you do for gifts when you have 10 families renting? --75.167.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:08 AM
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Buy my kids something nice. --174.201.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:11 AM
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Good question. For my 2 year HUD Section 8 residents $100 cash. Under 2 years $50. 5 years $200. I'm generous but these folks paid for my kids college when their own kids most likely will not attend. My A class properties... nothing. Few years i did buy poinsettias from the boy scouts that was a nice big impressive gift. That would cross a business boundry. That's how i handle it. And the PITA... prays. --99.203.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:12 AM
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I don't do Christmas gifts for my tenants.

However, I do Christmas gifts for my handyguy, my plumbers, my electricians, my roofers, my a/c guy, etc, etc, etc... I usually set aside some homemade cookies while I'm doing my baking, and make up some nice little tins. --96.46.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Nana&Papa [IN]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:17 AM
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For our apartment dwellers, we buy $10 gift cards to a local grocery or mass merchandise store. Sometimes we add in a small box of candy with each gift card.

For our managers and handy guys we usually either do a $50 gift card for the above types of establishment. This year, because our guys do so much for us, we are planning on sending a Honey Baked Ham. Good help is hard to find, and we want to keep ours!

--209.132.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:46 AM
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I donít give tenants gifts. --174.199.x.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:57 AM
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We provide clean, comfortable, affordable and maintained housing for our residents. What more can they want? :)

--71.198.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Robin [FL]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 12:37 PM
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I don't give my tenants Christmas gifts. In the past, I have sent them Christmas cards, but I don't do that anymore. --96.47.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 4:16 PM
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Instead of a gift at Christmas, I provide my tenants with a decent, clean well maintained home throughout the whole year. I have a few single hardworking Moms who might find a $50.00 or $100.00 gift card to a local food market in their mailbox.

I prefer to reward the people who have helped me run my business throughout the year. My trades people, guys in the warehouse, yard guys at the building supply places, my accountant, some of the neighbors next to my properties, counter help at my local pizza place & roastbeef sandwich place & court staff. I give them some local chocolates or gift certificates for pizza.

Throughout the year I'll drop off a box of doughnuts or some bagels & spreads in addition to what I do at Christmas. It amazing how well they remember you & how much better the service is when you do this.

--71.174.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by JB [OH]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 5:46 PM
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This year cute felt stockings filled with various snacks.

Other years, candy, big tin of popcorn, Tumblers filled with candy, etc --216.68.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 5:52 PM
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I send a card. I don't want to spend money on something they may consider "junk" and I don't want them to spend money on something I would consider junk. --173.61.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 6:05 PM
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Plenty:

What are you doing buying Thank You Christmas gifts for Sect 8 residents? I'd think the fact my taxes are paying their rent would be thanks enough. --108.69.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by P.B. [MI]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 7:04 PM
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If I am home I take them a nice box of chocolates and if I am on vacation I send them the same. All tenants receive the same identical box. No favorites. --67.22.x.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 7:14 PM
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Once you give, they will be expecting more gifts in the future. --99.59.x.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 7:18 PM
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I send Kirkland Belgian Chocolate Cookies to all of my contractors and have been doing that for a few years. I get responses (LOVE the cookies!)

I do not send them to my tenants. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 9:28 PM
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No Christmas presents from me to tenants. We have a business relationship not a friendship. I also do not want a gift from them. I might give something to one of my friends who does work in the trades, that has helped me when I call. But then they are also friends. --108.4.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 10:36 PM
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I used to give scratchies or Dunkin Donuts cards only to see if 1 they reciprocated or 2 a simple thank u. It was minimal and some called me cheap. So that was the dead of that --66.30.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 10:47 PM
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I do not give tenants gifts. My handyman gets a bonus.

I have had tenants give me gift cards. Went to red lobster and had the worst meal in a long time. Everything was dried out and overcooked. Not a chain restaurant person, but thought, how terrible can RL be? If you are a LL in a coastal state you will know what fresh seafood should taste like.

--24.194.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 10:48 PM
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I don't give to tenants or contractors. I give my regular contractors (plumber, electrician, handyman)a "bonus" at some point during the year .. after several jobs done timely, incident free, etc...

I read things on here and even though they don't make sense or apply, I stash them in the recesses of my cranial cavity to ponder at later times. The past few months I've asked folks if I had a Christmas luncheon if they'd come. I asked in the Recorder of Deeds Office, codes enforcement inspector, the Magistrate (and office employees at the counter), City Sewer and my constable... in other words, folks getting paid by tax dollars. These are people I've known business casually for many years. Every one of them said they'd love to come ... but they aren't permitted to do so. --72.70.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Ron [CA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 10:24 AM
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$50 Amazon gift card for Christmas and birthday. Toy or $20 gift card for kids. --205.155.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by David [OH]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 10:25 AM
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I am new and will give my tenant a $25.00 gift card --199.218.xxx.x




Xmas Gift? (by Marty [IN]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 10:25 AM
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I am surprised at some of the comments here like: "Instead of a gift at Christmas, I provide my tenants with a decent, clean well maintained home throughout the whole year."

Isn't that what we are supposed to do? I appreciate my tenants who are providing me with a good retirement income. I use a portion of my rental income to purchase a condo in Florida at which I spend upwards of 5 months a year. A small gift (I usually send a Christmas card with a $25 gift card to a restaurant or grocery. I think that's a reasonable thing to do.

I give more to my contractors. --216.252.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Arlene [MD]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 11:06 AM
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Long term tenants get gift cards. This year I paid a couple of water bills for people I know are struggling....it was anonymous, but I know it will help them. Through the year I occasionally send little gifts to the children of tenants. Nothing outrageous, just to let them know that I think of them. I do appreciate most of my tenants. --24.89.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Lou [GA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 11:48 AM
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I, too, am shocked at some of the responses. Itís not an ďeither/orĒ proposition. I provide quality rentals at below market prices, and I respond promptly to repair issues. I treat all my tenants with courtesy and respect, which I believe everyone is due. When necessary, I draw hard lines and file evictions. Most of my tenants realize that they hit the Landlord Jackpot when they rented one of my SFH or apartment units. At Christmas, I give handmade clay ornaments (I am a professional artist and writer, so itís enjoyable for me to make these small appreciation gestures). I attach a card to each (VistaPrint) that has business name, phone, my first name and ďWe appreciate you!Ē I just finished reading the marketing strategies applied to landlording (purchased from Mr Landlord), and Iím more motivated than ever to continue this once-a-year gifting to my tenants. Some of my tenants have an entire collection of ornaments (each year I create a new design) I have made and have given to them over the many years they have occupied one of my rental properties. Iím glad to show my appreciation, because I realize that it is my TENANTS that are my REAL ASSETS, not the pieces of real estate I own. I do only WIN/WIN deals, and thatís worked out very well for me. I do not expect nor receive a gift from my tenants. This is a small gesture that costs me very little and often helps greatly with good tenant-landlord relationships. I highly recommend a small token to tenants at Christma time. . --99.110.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Karen Day [FL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 11:53 AM
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I have a great long term tenant. Every year

I give them a $50-$90 Christmas gift. I've

given tickets to a live theatre and dinner,

I've given a certificate to a high end

restaurant, I've given gift baskets. Trying

to decide right now what I can give this year.

--70.171.x.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Tim [VA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 1:06 PM
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Lou [GA], that is the most awesome post. I agree wholeheartedly with your mindset. I truly adopted the give (gifting) without any expectation of receiving anything back mindset a long time ago. Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to all!!! --75.146.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by sierra1194 [CA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 1:09 PM
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We may or may not, depends. For the sniveling princesses who keep clogging up the bathroom, complain or are afraid of every little stupid thing, nada. New tenants less than a year, nada. Long time residents and service providers, we give wine, specialty food items, something nice. --23.242.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 1:50 PM
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I give the 63 I have the same thing you give your 10!

Good service YEAR ROUND.... --65.202.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by dan [OR]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 4:05 PM
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I'm not an attorney and I don't play one on TV, I'm not an IRS agent and all you can say is that I've given tax-deductible gifts, to all of those tenant who perform well, and uphold their agreements, and have no late payments.

Simply putting a little letter in their letting them know that it's a thank you for their on-time payments, just shows all your good tenant that they are appreciated!

I rent, manage, and repair all of my properties and have done so for more than 30 years. It's a great business and the beautiful part is you ultimately determine how much you're going to make, simply by how you structure your transactions when you purchase!

Everyone have a great holiday season,

Dan --75.164.xxx.x




Xmas Gift? (by East Coast Landlord [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 5:57 PM
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I gave my new tenants a gift when they moved in, and gave them an expensive gift for helping me out a few months ago with a repair. Did I receive a 'thank you' email or card? No. Not until they sensed I was unappreciated by the tone of an email I sent about something else, did I get an email thank you for the generous gift.

I sent them a Christmas card last year. I didn't get a Christmas Card back. Do you think this is normal, or rude, to not get an X-Mas card back in return?? (I'm thinking of not sending a card this year).

Landlords, please give me your opinion. Thank you! --24.0.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 6:09 PM
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To all those that said they are shocked at LLís that donít give tenants gifts, Iím shocked youíre shocked. Whereís it end, is every small and medium businesses in this country, in your opinion supposed to give gifts to customers? Because thatís exactly what a tenant is. Itís a business relationship, goods or services for a fee. You go ahead and keep giving a gift to your tenants, I respect that itís your choice, but respect that some donít. --174.199.x.xx




Xmas Gift? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2019 9:45 PM
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I used to send them all a card with a gift card inside . Since every single one of them has pi$$ed me off this - year Iím not sending them anything. Maybe I will send them all their yearly Christmas card, and when they open it up ( expecting to find their yearly gift card) they will instead find a bill for all the aggravation they have caused me throughput the year. --174.199.x.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Nancy [IL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 12:35 AM
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We have in the past sent a letter thanking them for renting from us and given them $25 off the January rent. Maybe a couple out of 26 thanked us. Plus, oddly, the next year our move rate increased! Still thinking what to do this year. Keep those ideas coming. --96.35.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by CS [NY]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 1:55 AM
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I think itís odd that people want Christmas cards and gifts from their tenants. When I feel so moved with gratitude towards a good tenant, I get them a bottle of champagne, a Home Depot or Amazon $25-50 gift card. I write these off.

I get all sorts of little gifts from pharmacies and physical therapists around Christmas (Iím a doc) and I donít usually thank them. I realize it is a way for them to keep me thinking about them positively and to send referrals.

This is how I view the tenant gift. We have just 3 single family houses, so itís not a big deal. Class A and B+. Ordinary middle class folks. One has been renting for 6 years. I think itís a nice gesture of thanks TO THEM that engenders good feelings.

Do you expect extra gratitude from the super friendly counter person when you give them a tip? Itís nice if they acknowledge it, but you really are giving it to them to say thanks TO THEM. If you donít feel it, donít give it. --24.105.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by CS [NY]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 1:55 AM
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I think itís odd that people want Christmas cards and gifts from their tenants. When I feel so moved with gratitude towards a good tenant, I get them a bottle of champagne, a Home Depot or Amazon $25-50 gift card. I write these off.

I get all sorts of little gifts from pharmacies and physical therapists around Christmas (Iím a doc) and I donít usually thank them. I realize it is a way for them to keep me thinking about them positively and to send referrals.

This is how I view the tenant gift. We have just 3 single family houses, so itís not a big deal. Class A and B+. Ordinary middle class folks. One has been renting for 6 years. I think itís a nice gesture of thanks TO THEM that engenders good feelings.

Do you expect extra gratitude from the super friendly counter person when you give them a tip? Itís nice if they acknowledge it, but you really are giving it to them to say thanks TO THEM. If you donít feel it, donít give it. --24.105.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 4:52 AM
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For you folks that are "shocked", if I get a merry Christmas that comes through as a text, I don't even respond.

It is business. I don't want them contacting me for anything other than that.

I used to send cards with lottery tickets and give move in gifts and all that jazz. But that's all went away with experience. --50.107.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 10:20 AM
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My tenants don't expect or want a Christmas gift from us and I would find a gift from them embarrassing. Spend your money on your own family, not us.

I HAVE tried various tactics based on what I read on here over the years, and nope - no gifts from the Landlord necessary or expected.

Prompt courteous service, working appliances and HVACs...for this we receive accolades and often, "You are the best landlords ever."

Good enough for us. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by TD [FL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 4:43 PM
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I actually give all of my tenants a $25 or $50 gift card at Christmas, Thanksgiving and the 4th July. It depends on the amount of rent they pay. I vary the type of gift card from restaurants, to movie to regular visa. --199.21.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by don [PA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 9:32 PM
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Plenty---Sec 8 ? The TAXPAYERS paid for your kids'college education, not the sec 8 tenants! --73.141.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Landlord [NY]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 9:45 PM
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Section 8 tenants don't make enough money to afford a house to rent. My house is higher in rent than what they allow. They only get a percentage, and the higher percentage is when they don't work at all. They don't have money for oil or gas; hiring someone to mow/rake/bag the lawn-leaves; shovel the snow; and take care of things. on that basis, I don't want to be on Section 8. I need tenants that make enough money to afford to live there, as to evict them, is a nightmare I heard. I've heard horror stories. --24.0.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Sallylee [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2019 11:23 PM
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When we started with rental homes 20+ years ago we had low income rentals(that's what we could afford to start with). We gave hams to those renters to help them have a nice Christmas dinner. I remember one of them moved out and said nothing about the nice home we provided or good service, etc. She said "We're sure going to miss that ham at Christmas". Since then we have accumulated 10 properties in more middle class type areas. We offer a ham, turkey or pork roast and it is appreciated and we are thanked. New renters are shocked by the gift. We don't expect anything from them but I do think we get cooperation and appreciation throughout the year when something goes wrong. We have a couple of people who have been with us for 15 years, they have paid for the property for us and continue to fund our retirement. It's a beautiful thing this landlord business.

--71.226.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 8:18 AM
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Personally I think that there isn't a right or wrong reason to give or to not give our tenants a gift. Like most of the LLing issues that are discussed on this forum you need to take into consideration your own thoughts, your past experiences, your type of tenant, your class of rentals, your own financial situation & decide what works best for you at your present stage of LLing. --71.174.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 1:44 PM
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I give each renter in a house $100 at one year. $200 on year 2 & thereafter. I record as a rent rebate. all my houses have 2-5 year renewals of existing renters. I have always turned rentals within 3 days (I offer immediate refund of deposits if vacant b4 eom) and all new renters have been referrals from leavers. to be pc: not xmas gifts but the ďseasonĒ......in the big picture is little cost to me to maintain good relationships with renters. most are students so they like the cash... --104.218.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Landlord [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 3:36 PM
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When you have home for rent, just 1 home (not many), that is at the lower end spectrum of rent (nice 2-bedroom house, which is actually less expensive than renting a 2-bedroom apt. in the area!), it's not within my budget to give $100 to $300+ gifts a year at Christmas. my gift is that it is well-maintained and without many repairs...when the need for a repair is there, it's fixed within 1-2 days.

I've given move-in gifts, and not once have I gotten even a thank you note or email. If I send a Christmas card, I think it's decency to reciprocate with a card to the Landlord. --24.0.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 3:54 PM
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landlord: I never expect thank youís & quite frankly if that is what you want then not in the spirit of giving....(?)...I give rebates as a business expense for client goodwill.. so a win-win..... --107.77.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Kathy [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 6:31 PM
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My mother was a young widow and rented houses or apartments for years. The area's where we would live were always the best area's.High rent districts .

No one ever gave her a gift. She was a perfect tenant .It was always strictly business .

Never heard of giving gifts to tenants. BUT....

I think it is a wonderful idea to give a gift to a lower income tenant. A $25.00 gift card to a grocery store would be welcome ..$50.00 would be a real blessing and a help to many people who struggle . The $25.00 amount seems like a thank you without any pressure or statement other than "thank you."A pretty plant would be uplifting to someone whose surroundings are bland .They may not have any decorations .

People in higher income brackets don't need gifts or thank you's. Americans are spoiled people who don't appreciate small"thank you's" --69.53.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Kathy [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 6:31 PM
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My mother was a young widow and rented houses or apartments for years. The area's where we would live were always the best area's.High rent districts .

No one ever gave her a gift. She was a perfect tenant .It was always strictly business .

Never heard of giving gifts to tenants. BUT....

I think it is a wonderful idea to give a gift to a lower income tenant. A $25.00 gift card to a grocery store would be welcome ..$50.00 would be a real blessing and a help to many people who struggle . The $25.00 amount seems like a thank you without any pressure or statement other than "thank you."A pretty plant would be uplifting to someone whose surroundings are bland .They may not have any decorations .

People in higher income brackets don't need gifts or thank you's. Americans are spoiled people who don't appreciate small"thank you's" --69.53.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Kathy [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 6:31 PM
Message:

My mother was a young widow and rented houses or apartments for years. The area's where we would live were always the best area's.High rent districts .

No one ever gave her a gift. She was a perfect tenant .It was always strictly business .

Never heard of giving gifts to tenants. BUT....

I think it is a wonderful idea to give a gift to a lower income tenant. A $25.00 gift card to a grocery store would be welcome ..$50.00 would be a real blessing and a help to many people who struggle . The $25.00 amount seems like a thank you without any pressure or statement other than "thank you."A pretty plant would be uplifting to someone whose surroundings are bland .They may not have any decorations .

People in higher income brackets don't need gifts or thank you's. Americans are spoiled people who don't appreciate small"thank you's" --69.53.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by DG [CA]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 7:22 PM
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I have been in the business for 3 years. I have class B properties and constantly make them look and work beautifully to the point that my tenants ask if they can buy my properties. I do so much for my tenants throughout the year such as free hair catchers for their bathtubs, sink dividers, oil tarps for under their cars, pick up their mail when they are on vacation, etc. I tried giving $10 gift cards but I have noticed that tenants don't even say thank you and are not apprective. I have decided it is best to buy and do things during the year for my tenants. I feel it is better to provide a great property and be helpful to my tenants throughout the year then to give a gift. --47.6.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2019 9:16 PM
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First year, cookies and some candy from Aldiís. 2nd year cookies+ $5 gift card from Walgreens. Every year + $5 to the giftcard up to $25.

If they are troublesome or uncooperative, nothing.

I find it interesting those of you who give your service people gifts! WE are their clients. As a freelancer, I gave my clients gifts because they employed me. --96.35.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by SB Realty [OH]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2019 3:43 PM
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I send tenants a $15 gift card and a Christmas card to Tim Horton's with a handwritten note saying I appreciate having good tenants like them. I gave a $100 Duluth card to our handyman at Christmas and letting him know we wouldn't be where we are without him. --65.24.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2019 9:20 PM
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I did local grocery store gift cards a few years ago and then between taxes and insurance, I was left with low funds so I stopped. I do have one tenant that works on occasion for me. She wanted some garage space to rent. I was already renting to another tenant for $5 a week and she knew that, so I told her $5 a week. I basically am just saving her money to give back to her. This year I have her $200 and bought her kid a new coat. I debate with myself what I am gonna do..and may go back to the local grocery store GC for 25 or 50. --69.160.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Melinda [MD]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2019 10:08 PM
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Excellent comments from all of the above. I will give gifts to some of the renters I like who are pleasant and cooperative. Gifts will be large boxes of name brand chocolates or grocery store food trays that can be used for family or visitors. We don't expect or want gifts from our tenants. Gifts will be delivered a few days before Christmas. They seem to be appreciated. Makes us smile. --174.204.xx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 9:34 AM
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Raise the level of your business. LLing is a PEOPLE business, not a house business. Residents and contractors keep our business flowing.

Momma picks the home. Choosing a home or renewing is an EMOTIONAL DECISION by Momma.

Men: "good service" is the expected baseline, nothing special and not enough to keep Momma interested. Don't be short sighted.

Gifting is an easy, inexpensive way to set your home above the competition.

NEVER expect a thank you for ANY gift. Give to give.

Gifting is an art. A gas or grocery card just gets spent. I prefer something they would not normally use or do such as a nice steak dinner. It gives 3 times. Excited when they receive it, excited when they use it, excited to tell others about the great free dinner they had.

Texas Roadhouse has a special offer: buy $1500 in cards of any denomination and they will custom print your name and logo on the plastic gift card.

Contractors, vendors, and govt officials: we do a big Christmas Luncheon. Best investment! Sets me above the competition for service, favors like free delivery, and help at govt offices.

Main helpers get a $300-$1000 bonus based on longevity.

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Sallylee [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 9:39 AM
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HMMMM, now I'm thinking about a Costco gift card so they can go get their ham or turkey themselves. It's pretty time consuming trying to get all the meats delivered to 10 different people. My husband doesn't like the gift card idea, too impersonal but he isn't the one trying to get everything delivered when someones home. Th card with gift card is looking good to me. --71.226.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 10:55 AM
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The most I've ever done is last year when I donated a couple of pies to a potluck dinner the roomers were having for Christmas. I might consider giving them $25 gift cards to my local grocery store. That's something that I know they'll use. --64.121.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 10:56 AM
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Also I don't think I want to give anything with an expectation I wouldget anything in return. All I expect is that they pay the rent and take care of the place. --64.121.xxx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 5:53 PM
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PS

Texas Roadhouse also gave us a stack of 10% off coupons. They are big on cross promotion.

Just ask.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Leslie [FL]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2019 11:15 AM
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After taking Mr Landlord's boot camp, I decided to step up my relationships with tenants by treating them like my CLIENTS and not just customers.

As a holiday "gift" I ordered $5 poinsettias from the plant lady at the flea market. She delivered them to my house a few days later. My assistant will help me deliver them, along with a Happy Holidays from PGFL Homes postcard.

This way, I get to inspect the decorations (new nails in soffit?) and other exteriors AND make sure the yard guy is actually mowing as well as deliver a small token of my appreciation to them!

Tenants pay my bills and I don't like going without the income when they move out (haven't quite mastered that lesson from boot camp yet LOL) so I do what I can to ensure their happiness by staying proactive! --97.104.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by East Coast Landlord [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2019 4:24 PM
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Leslie, Thank you SO much for posting about your LL Boot Camp.

I do feel it's rude to (not) send back a X-Mas card from the tenants if you send them one, or not thank you for a gift (by email or note), but I am taking your advice from above, and I mailed them a Christmas card after reading your post.

So they are "Clients" --- just I am a client from my Insurance Broker and I get a Christmas card from them (and I don't send one back). They're a business, i'm just 1 person who obtained a house that I decided to rent out (instead of sell it or live in it)....But I thank you for opening me up to accepting and mailed out a Christmas Card this morning! --24.0.xx.xx




Xmas Gift? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Dec 20, 2019 2:28 AM
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In 2007 I had tenants in one apartment property upset that this landlord doesn't give Christmas gifts. The owners on both sides of my building gave each unit a $25 gift card.

So with most of my tenants present in the parking area I went over some of the top things I've done for my tenants that other landlords would have charged them.

One tenant has her boyfriend move in with her and I didn't raise her rent. I could have charged her $90 a month more, that's over $1000 for the year. I told her that I'm happy to give her a $25 gift card and I'll raise her rent too. All of a sudden she realized that I was more generous with my tenants over the year than a tiny gift card. --47.156.xxx.xxx




Xmas Gift? (by Danno [IL]) Posted on: Jan 4, 2020 12:02 PM
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I give each of my tenants in good standing a Christmas card, and either a 4 lb. bag of navel oranges or a small box crate of clementine tangerines. Since they're in season, the average cost is less than $5.00, and it's a healthy treat for the holidays! --174.221.x.xxx





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