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Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Dec 14, 2017 2:01 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Homer [TX]) Dec 14, 2017 2:27 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kyle [IN]) Dec 14, 2017 2:38 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GKARL [PA]) Dec 14, 2017 2:40 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by melinda [MD]) Dec 14, 2017 2:54 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 14, 2017 3:20 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by NE [PA]) Dec 14, 2017 3:23 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by razorback_tim [AR]) Dec 14, 2017 3:25 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Gail K [GA]) Dec 14, 2017 3:25 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 14, 2017 3:33 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 14, 2017 4:00 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by David [NC]) Dec 14, 2017 4:28 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 14, 2017 4:48 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by plenty [MO]) Dec 14, 2017 4:51 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Roy [AL]) Dec 14, 2017 5:44 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by RB [MI]) Dec 14, 2017 6:34 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GH [NC]) Dec 14, 2017 8:02 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 14, 2017 8:49 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Still Learning [NH]) Dec 15, 2017 4:44 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Busy, busy, busy [WI]) Dec 15, 2017 6:18 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Stephen [ON]) Dec 15, 2017 6:24 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Vee [OH]) Dec 15, 2017 6:47 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Luba [NY]) Dec 15, 2017 6:49 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Alan [CA]) Dec 15, 2017 8:45 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Dec 15, 2017 10:30 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by JB [OH]) Dec 15, 2017 11:49 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 15, 2017 12:33 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Stephen [ON]) Dec 15, 2017 1:13 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 15, 2017 1:15 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by mike [CA]) Dec 15, 2017 1:27 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Mark Gross [MD]) Dec 15, 2017 1:45 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Christopher Schornak [MI]) Dec 15, 2017 2:08 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Patti Winborne [VA]) Dec 15, 2017 2:26 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by art [AZ]) Dec 15, 2017 3:00 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Pmh [TX]) Dec 15, 2017 3:10 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GWC [OR]) Dec 15, 2017 5:27 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Cathy [MS]) Dec 15, 2017 5:48 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Tom [WI]) Dec 15, 2017 7:33 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Dwayne [IL]) Dec 15, 2017 10:45 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by art [AZ]) Dec 15, 2017 10:55 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Charlie France [IN]) Dec 16, 2017 2:03 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Glo [OH]) Dec 16, 2017 2:12 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by maddog [GA]) Dec 16, 2017 5:43 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kitty [AL]) Dec 16, 2017 6:30 AM
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       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Dec 17, 2017 4:56 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Dec 17, 2017 11:04 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Luba [NY]) Dec 17, 2017 2:34 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Glo [OH]) Dec 17, 2017 2:41 PM
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       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by NE [PA]) Dec 17, 2017 2:52 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Art [AZ]) Dec 17, 2017 7:53 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Dwayne [IL]) Dec 17, 2017 8:04 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Natasha [MD]) Dec 18, 2017 8:00 AM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Dec 18, 2017 1:21 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Keely [OH]) Dec 18, 2017 1:40 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Pmh [TX]) Dec 18, 2017 1:51 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Mike [PA]) Dec 18, 2017 5:54 PM
       Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kathy [GA]) Dec 19, 2017 10:19 AM
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Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 2:01 PM
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Back in the day, I know Jeffrey and Dot used to deliver Holiday Gifts to their residents. I don't know if they still do, they have substantially expanded I think.

Do you give Resident gifts?

I just placed my annual Holiday Order for our regular contractors - we send Kirkland Belgian Chocolate Cookies. $20 or so. "Thanks for all your help!" on the gift card.

But do you send TENANT gifts? I am kind of considering long-term tenant gifts, but then I need to track that and what if one year I forget or whatever???

--173.22.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 2:27 PM
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Absolutely not! Never have. Never will. No good deed goes unpunished. An example for you. Back in October I visited my parents in Georgia. While there there was a maintenance issue at one of their trailers, my dad and I went to fix it, but my mom had gotten gifts for the tenants soon to be newborn. We delivered that day..... fast forward to November rent time, my parents received no rent...... dad had to file eviction and set these same deadbeats out that he had just given a gift to a few weeks earlier. Just say Merry Christmas if you see them, other than that, be the grinch. --75.141.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kyle [IN]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 2:38 PM
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I did it once a few years ago. I send boxes of various candies. I only heard back from one tenant who thanked me. I don't know if the others didn't get the gifts, didn't like them, didn't care...

I still consider it every year, but decide not to send anything. I don't think anyone expects it, but if I send it one year and don't the next, there could be an issue. --73.102.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 2:40 PM
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I've thought about it. I'd keep it simple like you're doing. Some candy or cookies. I was even thinking of getting turkey with stuffing, but decided that would be more problems and too elaborate. Cookies or candy is simple enough and not overboard. --64.121.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 2:54 PM
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A few of our residents will be getting a box of chocolates and a card hand carried to their house. Most of these folks are just getting by and have been good tenants. They probably have no Santa in their lives. --24.233.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 3:20 PM
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WMH, years ago I did,but now I don't bother any more, never even got a thank you.A friend of mine did too,and then they started to walk all over him,so he wishes he hadn't either.So no more,no how,If you were closer,we'd consider you,but you're too far away! I do have a box of European chocolates for the caretaker of the Irish club,they're still in the car.Hope they don't freeze too much!Charlie...... ...... .... ... .. . --174.199.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 3:23 PM
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Nope. I did those, anniversary gifts a few times and move in gifts.

Not anymore.

Giving or not giving hasn't personally changed the durations of my tenancies. I have several tenants who have been in place for years and some that move for whatever reason after only a few months. --50.107.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 3:25 PM
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I used to give hams when I only had a handful of units. I would buy them at Sams and hand deliver. After I got to 15 or so units I quit. It seemed very few expressed genuine gratitude. --70.182.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 3:25 PM
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I will do it for my HVAC/electrician and my plumber because I need those guys!

As others have said, I did it my first year for tenants (a $50 gift card). Not a whisper of a thank you from any one.

Gail --71.203.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 3:33 PM
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I was a builder and contractor for 60 some years,and come to think of it no one ever went out of their way to give us anything at Christmas Time, Some were extremely nice to us while we worked there,though.charlie............................................................ ...................................................... --174.199.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 4:00 PM
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When I Immigrated here ,the first couple of years we built Pre-manufactured garages all over the state.On one job, the people wanted to have us locked up,because the salesman promised them something that they thought was our fault.I talked to them with the best Irish Accent I could muster for a few minutes,and before we knew it they had us in for coffee, and they wouldn't hear tell of us eating our lunch,they made a big meal and had us eat with them, I forget now but I think she was the granddaughter of Henry Ford.Like I said,we did work for some wonderful people.............charlie...................................................................... --174.199.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by David [NC]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 4:28 PM
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Walmart has $5 boxes of hersey chocolates. I'm going to drop them off when I do my quarterly inspection. --65.188.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 4:48 PM
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The site ate my post. Never mind. I guess han ukah is a bad word. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 4:51 PM
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Yes...but not ever year am i generous. This was a good year so i was generous to my section eight families as they take excellent care of my houses, they make them a home. And they are very appreciative of me. Three of them pick up the phone and cried with thanks for the gift. To them cash goes along way. My class A properties... I would insult them if i crossed the business line. It's strictly business with those properties. Reading The Book Brad recommend on poverty changed my who way of handling the section eight families and they are forever loyal and grateful... They pray for me. --99.203.x.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 5:44 PM
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For the last 3 years, my plumber who I have done business with for 9 years, gives me a gift basket each Christmas. Everything inside the basket is homemade too,..strawberry jam, honey, beef jerky, cookies and some other small treats. It is nice being on the 'receiving end' of gratitude.

I was thinking about giving my #1 handyman a box of chocolates but at 75 years old, he does not have any teeth left to chew them with. What do you give someone who has no teeth? --68.63.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 6:34 PM
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A Blender. --71.13.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 8:02 PM
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I have been giving gifts for the past 10 + years or so. I give $50 grocery gift cards to the residents who have paid on time all year (never late) and had no damages. The others get a Christmas thank-you card printed out on Christmas stationary. --99.150.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 14, 2017 8:49 PM
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If I get a Christmas card from a tenant, I will send one. I don't know what they need or want for a gift and anything casual I might give, like a box of candy, will probably be regifted.

I do have two young adult tenants who celebrate Hanukah. Every year they give me a poinsettia plant and I find some things to wrap in blue paper and give them with a Hanukah card. They have been ideal tenants, brother and sister, in my really big rental and rent is always on time. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 4:44 AM
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$25 gas card at the first of the year if they paid on time all year along with stamped rent envelopes for next 6 months. --24.61.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Busy, busy, busy [WI]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 6:18 AM
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I drop off a nice shaker container of sidewalk salt , with a reminder to shovel with 24 hours of snowfall, and tell them they can refill container with salt they buy. Pr'olly doesn't count as holiday gift though....*grin*

RB, I snorted my coffee! --172.58.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Stephen [ON]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 6:24 AM
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I was in the habit of giving out Costco gift baskets. They are about $22 CAD and quite impressive. But then I discovered Costco Boxes of Swiss Chocolates. They are $9.99 and hold 500g of chocolates. When wrapped in fancy wrapping paper bought from Costco and with a ribbon they look very nice. Tenants appreciate them and better relations save me grief throughout the year. My handyman gets a box as well. Everyone gets a Christmas card.

The only tenant not getting a box of chocolates is a grumpy bunch who are hard to deal with (and of course luxuriating at rent controlled rates) so they lose out, although I did mail them a card. A departing tenant will get a card at her move out inspection.

I have found that new tenants are genuinely surprised to receive anything at all from their landlord and this is a benefit. If it lifts and improves the tone of the relationship then I think it is worthwhile. Plus, it is Christmas and these people are helping us build our business through the year. Some appreciation is warranted.

Merry Christmas! --76.69.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 6:47 AM
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I still give 25bux grocery cards when they go over 6 months timely payments... --76.188.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Luba [NY]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 6:49 AM
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Home made jam and a set of napkins.

Rent should be transferred to my account today. --70.214.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 8:45 AM
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What?? I already provide them a nice, well-maintained residence. --73.158.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 10:30 AM
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I just remembered I *did* actually gift every tenant a blender one year. I got some sort of ludicrous online deal and then they over-sent, so I had some 20+ blenders sitting in my house. And this was back in the day we didn't have 20 units! What a pain. And no one said one word. --173.22.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by JB [OH]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 11:49 AM
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We delivered an insulated tumbler with candy inside this year. Out of 51 tenants, we received 12 thank you text or notes. We just want them to know we are human. LOL --24.123.x.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 12:33 PM
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YES! It's a perfect opportunity to promote our business!

Providing a home is assumed so we set ourselves head and shoulders above the crowd by being "nice" with a cheap gift.

It's cheap advertising! We MUST continually remind our residents how nice they have it and how nice WE are. Jeffrey taught on this at Convention.

Don't GIVE a gift and expect something in return, even a thank you. It was a GIFT, not a trade. Our blessing comes from GIVING, not from waiting for a response.

I don't like gifts with a dollar amount that can be judged. ("I pay them $10,000 rent and they give me a lousy $20 gift card!)

Wifey makes a monster batch of her incredible Chex Mix, we put it in tins and drop them off as we do the winter walk thrus. (can I write off a new double oven as a business expense??)

This year we're also trying a small box of handmade Christmas cookie assortment from a local bakery. No dollar amount, sentimental and yummy rather than materialistic.

BRAD

--68.51.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Stephen [ON]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 1:13 PM
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"Providing a home is assumed so we set ourselves head and shoulders above the crowd by being "nice" with a cheap gift."

I think this is a simple way of explaining the issue. I have always thought that spreading a little cheer makes good business sense. I agree that visible dollar amounts can be tacky. I look for high impact gifts that look really great and are welcomed, but which don't break the bank. No, when my wife and I were renters none of our landlords ever bought us Christmas gifts. All the more reason then to stand out from the crowd now and remind our tenants how nice they have it and how nice we are, as Brad so wisely puts it. I am convinced that dropping by for a chat and to drop off a Christmas gift pays dividends year round in improved relations. --76.69.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 1:15 PM
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PS

Residents come and go but city clerks/inspectors seem to live forever and can make life good or miserable. And good contractors are valuable.

The goodwill that comes from this luncheon is WONDERFUL!

Just had our Annual Christmas Party Luncheon - Contractors and all city/county workers related to our biz.

BRAD

--68.51.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 1:27 PM
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roy, you give a guy with no teeth...soup --76.176.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Mark Gross [MD]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 1:45 PM
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Plenty - What is the title of the book that Brad recommended on poverty? We do 90% section 8 rentals and it is getting tougher and tougher to make things work. Would love to be more educated about what we're tryign to accomplish.

As for holiday gifts, I own a delivery service and used to buy 600 lbs of See's Candy, flown fresh across the country from CA. Their stuff was the best. Back then it was $8 a box in quantity for a lb. Because it was so good, I didn't care if people wrote back. I KNEW they loved it. --96.255.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Christopher Schornak [MI]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 2:08 PM
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Iíve given my tenants those $5 tins of popcorn each year along with a Christmas card, hand delivered. Only 9 units. Iíve never expected anything in return. But I think most of them say Thank you. I also do the same to some of the neighbors of my rentals (houses) Snoopy neighbors are the best! Gift giving is not a business decision for me (the neighbors are), but all my other decisions are! I donít give to receive. I give because Jesus gave me the best gift of all. --99.93.x.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Patti Winborne [VA]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 2:26 PM
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We rent to students. I give a final exam basket of goodies before Christmas, and another in May. Nothing expensive, just fruits, granolas, chocolate covered nuts. It's a competitive market, and it helps us stand out. I don't expect them to acknowledge it, but half the time they do. --184.5.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by art [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 3:00 PM
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I usually give a little something to my tenants. If I get a complement of thank you that's great. If I don't so what? Christmas is a special day and why not spend an extra $5 on your tenants because after all they are the people that are helping you generate money so you can give a Christmas. And just a little bit of consideration at that special time is a good time to make some brownie points with your tenants, even if they don't say thank you. Incidentally, this Christmas I just simply gave 5 and $10 bills to different people. I gave $10 to my best tenants and $5 to the rest. I at least always try to give a Christmas card everybody he doesn't really cost that much on my part in time or money --24.251.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 3:10 PM
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I give $100 cash to each renter. May be why my average renter stays 3 years and they all refer replacements. so no down time in 20 years except when I take house out of inventory for rehab. builds goodwill so my turnover time is one day. --104.218.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by GWC [OR]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 5:27 PM
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I live in Utah but I have 10 individual rental homes in my family trust.

I give cookies or candy ($20-$30)from Costco because we do not have a Costco in the costal town where my rentals are.

I always take care of my IC who take care of my properties with about a $50 gift from Costco.

On March 31st, I send each home a $30 gift card to a nice food place in the area. The thought is that it is time to turn our thoughts to spring and a night out is a good way to do that.

I have very little turnover and many families have been with me 3+ years. 3 homes are on Section 8. These 3 families are especially grateful.

Have a great Christmas!

--65.130.xx.x




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Cathy [MS]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 5:48 PM
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We did this for a couple of years - once a turkey for everyone & another year a nice lamp. Most tenants are used to getting "free things" & just didn't seem appreciative enough to me. Some turkeys spoiled as some tenants were out of town. In my opinion, didn't make any difference as far as retaining tenants is concerned. Decided to discontinue the gift-giving. --97.121.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Tom [WI]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 7:33 PM
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A holiday tin of Costco cookies is a small part of a year round tenant retention program. It maybe a small reason I have many long term residents. Doing small things go a long way to avoid vacancies. That's my strategy and I stick to it every year. --24.183.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Dwayne [IL]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 10:45 PM
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Brad has a great concept - give a gift that doesnít have an easily defined dollar amount. Iím trying that this year, there is an excellent bakery in town makes spectacular Christmas cookies. Iím grabbing three small boxes tomorrow. Last year we did Starbucks gift cards $10 and a box of cheap but good cookies from Samís Club. But the value is easily discernible, I donít like how obvious the $10 part is. --50.82.x.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by art [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 15, 2017 10:55 PM
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If you decide if your are going to give something-- then the best idea i get from this forum is something that's keeps on happening for a while after Christmas-- not just a one time item at Christmas

--24.251.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Charlie France [IN]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 2:03 AM
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Yes! We send our good tenants a $25.00 gift card for dining out. One gal has been with us for 20 years and we let her skip Decemberís payment to help her with Christmas. (Only $300 and she is elderly.). Through the year if they pay good I send them a $10.00 card to chick filet or Krogerís every 6 months. I believe you get paid back. Most of our tenants have been with us 0ver 5 years and have 3 that have been with us 0ver 15 years. When we are making cash flow and they pay every month I believe it is going above and beyond of treat them well. After all they are OUR customer and again what ďnormalĒ landlord takes such good care of their tenants. It forms a good bond between us. --173.242.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Glo [OH]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 2:12 AM
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Tin of cookies are what I do. I did more expensive once but stopped. I have rooming house also. 3 years in a row I bought the basic stuff for turkey day dinner and someone would volunteer to cook it or work together. This year I'm not none of them can cook. I am considering buying a cheap precooked meal and seeing if one of them is willing and able to heat it up. If not probably order pizzas to be delivered. Sometimes I give subway gift cards in their holiday card.

I'm always praying no one burns down the place. I have a couple dads get sons on the weekends. $15. Budget bought one Lego set the other board game. Per dad's requests when I asked what they liked. I also provided a small table top three for the kids to decorate and decor from the dollar store. Kids were thrilled. I now have 3 units with rooms. These guys barely make it. Most make minimum wage. Some are paying child support. They appreciate the cookies. Anything food since they don't cook. My apartment complex the tenants are having a part. I'll donate something for a main entre.

Every one who celebrate Christmas gets a wreath on the front door. They love it. Every one gets a card and cookies as a happy holidays regardless of what they celebrate.

I've gotten plenty of thank you but I don't expect it. I've gotten a lot of thanks for the wreath and the hanging arm for it. (Prevent crazy stuff trying to hang it.) One dad got teary eyed when he found out his kid vwas getting a gift.

Nothing ever with peanuts. Seems some one is always allergic.

My day labor guy always gets a gift card to take his lady friend to a nice restaurant. He loves that. This year he's spending time behind bars thanks for his drinking habit. So I'm gifting him money on his account to have a better meal and whatever else in there. Strong guy, loyal to me. Not Bright, gets in trouble ever so often. He'll be out in spring when I need his muscles to continue with the landscape. I always feed him well besides payment. He feels appreciated and thus loyal and hard worker and doesn't expect much pay. Can't buy good relationship or loyalty.

My skilled electrician and contractor. Box of candy for the wife. Some cool gadget or tool from home Depot. He's always checking out something when we go. Always says maybe I'll put it on the wish list for the kids or wife, May be get it myself. I'll pickup one he'd eyed early in the year. Again he's feeling appreciated and the best way to do so is that.

City folk downtown receive big gifts from the big guys I can't afford to compete,little stuff seems unnoticed. A card is sent. I just have a few units, I don't have it in my budget to spend hundreds. The inspector more appreciate I know his hobby and can talk with him about it and be interested. Speaking with him as a person verses our enemy.

The repour helps when they can him for Bs because they don't want to pay rent.

My best return on gifts is moving in. Surge protectors 2 for each and every room. Telling them it can help protect their valuable electronics from power fluctuating, when it's more so protecting me from blowing breakers and overload of old buildings wires.

LED, light bulbs. On rooming house saves me electricity. When they pay it saves them Money. Goodwill is important. Potholders from Dollar store. Tenants never seem to have them.

--172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by maddog [GA]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 5:43 AM
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I give a cooked turkey or Boston butt one year I cooked Brunswick stew and gave everybody a gallon. Used to did not get no thank yous, but now I deliver personally, thank you or not I plan on doing it --98.18.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kitty [AL]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 6:30 AM
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Could you all tell me how many units you have? We currently have 87 being rented and 19 to be totally renovated since in January we purchased 36 townhouses to be remodeled.We gave Dunkin Donut gift card last year to tenants who had been with us for 2 or more years and holiday cards to the rest. At that time we had 19 tenants who qualified. This year we're only able to give cards to all since we're spending a ton on the renovations.We appreciate ALL of our tenants and wish we could afford to do more. --97.80.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by OldDad [IN]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 6:37 AM
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I'm surprised how bitter some of the landlords are. I give a gift card to every tenant at Christmas. No, I don't get a thank you from all of them, but that's not why I give the gift. If you give a gift expecting a response, you're giving for the wrong reason. --76.11.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Sarah [OR]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 7:48 AM
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You have 87 rental units and can't afford to give a gift of $10 for doonut??? Really... sounds like you don't want to afford. I'm sure you made enough money off each this year to give a small token. You think small landlord can afford it better??? Really... You are cheap.. bragging how many units you have... Sounds like you have plenty... It's where the heart is.. and you it's the bank account! Wow.. --172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Tris1968 [OH]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 7:55 AM
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Since we only have 4 units (so far) and all are within 10 minutes of our residence, I'm personally delivering "thank you for being a great tenant" Christmas cards with gift cards inside to those that I want to do a quarterly inspection. Others I mailed.

What I found to be challenging is I wanted to give small gifts to all tenants' children. This kept me awake at night not knowing what to get. Next year I will reconsider getting gifts for the kids (although it is fun...can you tell I'm a new grandma?)

I want to stand out from the thousand other landlords in our area, so these small tokens of appreciation can (but not always) pay dividends.

--174.104.xxx.x




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kitty [AL]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 8:13 AM
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Sarah [OR]

You must have missed the part I wrote stating

that we are totally renovating the units we purchased from January. We give all year long. Our properties have new flooring, paint, ceiling fabs, etc. Our tenants don't have to wait for any maintenance. Last year we could afford to give but this year we're having to put the money into the purchase and renovations of the ones we recently bought. Don't judge someone before you have all of the facts. All I ask was how many units most of the landlords on here have. --97.80.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Clay P [GA]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 8:19 AM
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Most of our tenants are of age. We give each house one or two bottles of prosecco (sparkling wine) We generally get thanked.

We feel it puts the tenants in a better frame of mind when, say, a furnace quits working in a cold snap and it takes time to get repairman because, of course, in a cold snap thousands of furnaces quit working.

I am really puzzled but the "never have. never will" commitment. We get a few buttonhole tenants. But most really appreciate that we treat them well. And the few who try to "walk all over us" because we've been nice to them quickly learn that we have very clear boundaries.

Merry Christmas everyone. --108.249.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Sarah [OR]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 8:33 AM
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No I read that part. Again you can afford this but can't afford less than 1k. Really? You choose not to afford!

Tenants not having to wait for you to fix maintaining is normal good landlord, nothing extra.

I can't relate.i have 13 tenants. Which means less profit, less money for being generous but we do it, like many.

How much did you pay for all those units.. and you can't afford a small token for the ones who gave you profit enough to afford to buy and or do all that lovely renovations.

Obviously your hearts not in it. Wealthy always justify their being cheap and thinking about themselves.

When you have 200 units you can afford it...or are you still too poor?

If you did not want our opinion on here, then don't tell us about your business. That's why it's a forum.

Sorry say whatever you choose to justify being you. Tenants probably don't expect anything from you anyway.

The rest of us who have better conscious or something. Will continue what we do..

Did you see the person who gave toys and turkey to her low income rooming house tenants. Think that person is wealthy or maybe kind heart and soul.

It's where you are at in your heart not your pocket that will decide to go certain routes.

Obviously your hearts not interested.

Carry on, I'm sure that will keep you busy with your profits with the new updates.

Lastly..if you believe in him, when you get to heaven, will he say well done great business investment, great renovations now look at at how well you have done made pretty well off renting those units...

Or....well done .. you showed kindness and generosity when the world celebrated...

Hmmm.. food for thought.

Enough said --172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kitty [AL]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 9:59 AM
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Sarah, you are very judgemental about my having so many units. I use to think people were wealthy who owned lots of units that's not true if they are remodeling and have mortgages. First thing, we a huge mortgage and have had to borrow all of the money. We don't have a single property paid for. We've worked really hard and these properties are our only source of income. We've put any of our wants in the future when we start being able to keep more of the money coming in.The properties we recently purchased were no money down because they were in such horrible condition that no one else would consider the purchase of these. We had to borrow most of the money to renovate these units and it won't be enough. We just had to pay a ton of property taxes also. Next Christmas we hope to have all of these renovated and then we will be able to give a more expensive present than a card to each tenant. This forum is supposed to be for landlords to share ideas and help one another than to Bash and Ridicule someone that has had a very trying year managing contractors, unreal expenses for new HVAC units, etc. When we had much fewer units it was so much easier than the adventure we've dealt with this year. It's also been a major job to have so many tenants. If you ever acquire this many units maybe you will be able to understand what I am saying. I do believe in God and I did a lot of praying before purchasing these run down properties.

Do you and other landlords want this to be a forum where you are free to criticize others? We're all in the same profession and need to help one another. That's the Christian way to handle things. --97.80.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Sarah [OR]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 11:21 AM
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Well touched a nerve obviously. If you sleep well at night then so be it. Sorry don't pitty you having so many units that I ought to feel sorry for you? I have right to my opinion sorry you can't handle it. You live with your choices each of us do.

Why put a question out there if you can't handle input.

But this is not a site for debating. So I'll not respond further.

For me whether I have 2 20 or 87. I'll treat my people the way I feel I should in good conscience. I doubt. I'd change myself if I had more. With great blessing comes great responsibility.

Or and I am single parent with disabled child who supports myself and paying my and my daughter way in college. We all have bills and expenses.

I just gave a tenants son a present when I went by today. The look on his little face, priceless. I'll keep my 13 tenants for now because I can choose to afford to do a little extra.

End of conversation. Best regards to all. --172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 11:25 AM
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I agree Kitty. It's not being cheap, it's being practical. I think my tenants appreciate their rent being below market value more than they would a token end of the year gift. Besides you may be in a position one year to give gifts but not the next and then you run the risk of them being offended.

There are other ways to show appreciation besides giving out Christmas gifts. I can think of several things I did this year that would qualify.

I do typically give end of year gifts to my routine, reliable and reasonably priced contractors. The ones who come out on weekends, after hours or on holidays to meet tenants needs and don't upcharge me for it. --173.170.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Brian [CA]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 3:22 PM
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Kitty, it sounds like you are working around the clock and using all your resources to turn uninhabitable units into nice homes for people that need them. The people who move into these places for many many years to come will be thankfull for what you did in ways that can't be compared to giving gift cards or cookie treats. --174.213.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Brian [CA]) Posted on: Dec 16, 2017 3:57 PM
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With around 150 units, I will be delivering a small x-mas flower arraignment to about 20 older women who live alone. If they are home when I come by, I will chat with them for a few minutes if they are interested. Every year I do this and it always seems like a chore when I get started but at the end I'm always glad I did. Back in the day (15 + years ago) we used to do a catered dinner with entertainment and close to 90 people would show up. It was a bit of work and I'm not sure how much people appreciated it but it seamed like a cost of doing business. We stopped doing the dinner because over time people have lost interest in spending time with their neighbors.

It seems to me that for the most part giving gifts to tenants and workers is not in the true spirit of giving but a way to build better relationships with customers and other people you need. There is nothing wrong with that, but I remember when I gave an employee $500 and I thought I was going to be helping him out and it annoyed me to hear how he lost it all that night at the casino. Now if I give to an employee it's a Home Depot gift card, or a restaurant gift certificate. --174.213.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Rennie [CA]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 12:46 AM
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To Homer in TX, maybe if your dad did a better job screening tenants, he would not be evicting them a few weeks after giving a gift. For about 15 years I have been giving small gifts from wrapping paper and tape to gifts for their pets or cookies or candy. 75% of my tenants thank me. Gosh, these people are buying the real estate for me and deserve a $10 gift once per year. --23.241.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Denise [MO]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 4:14 AM
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I agree. They make our business. Showing a little appreciation, or a little holiday spirit or good business practices, which ever you maybe motivated, or all the above reasons combined. Rennie is right on the mark.

Sure new tenants will appreciate nice unit at a fair price. But current tenants well I agree they ought to be given a little something.

By the way I always do a little something, not that I do it for referring but I think my being such a nice landlord , I've had several of my tenants and various workers refer others to my rentals.

Is it the quality mostly, but also my tenants don't cringe when I come around. And well around here, landlord is synonymous with slumlord or crooked. I am neither.

I actually have a retired chef bake me way too many cookies as well as various other tenants giving me candy and brownies and all kinds of other goodies as thanks for being a great landlord.

I have always found a budget for doing something every year as at Least a card and tin of cookies. I changed it up every so often. They love subway gift card. Or whatever is the Pizza place that will deliver , and at midnight to the rental.

Holidays spirit my main motivation, good will a bonus.

On a side note reading all the debate earlier. I don't imagine it would be impressessive to the current tenants that their landlord is making old dump into beautiful units as why he or she can't afford a little something for the holidays.just reinforcement of the scrooge rep.

On a last side note.

You all know that any gifts for the tenants are tax deductible as a business expense right? So if you believed you are going to be paying taxes, why not blessing the tenants or spread good will instead of more to the taxes? Then it's a win win.. --172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 4:56 AM
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I'm against sending cookies personally, because I know when we get them we throw them away (diabetic.) Just yesterday one of our tenants gave my husband a box of homemade cookies and he ate one and we dumped the rest in the trash so we wouldn't be tempted.

But I can't think of anything else. --173.22.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 11:04 AM
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For my commercial tenants, they each get a small gift. This year it is fudge.

My residential apt dweller will each get a Christmas Card and some Candy Cannes taped to the door.

I also make it a point to hook up my trash man and the mail delivery person.

Goodwill will take you far. --24.101.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Luba [NY]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 2:34 PM
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If not sweets, which I will be prefer for myself, and candles (not a good idea from the landlord) how about set of salts for cooking, coffe or tea set, air fresheners with fir smell... --69.120.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Glo [OH]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 2:41 PM
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Sounds good, the thought is what counts. However I'd never give candles. I don't allow them used in my rental units, especially my rooming house.

Dire hazard. We just had a family in town burn down the house with candles. My friend years ago left a candle burning and fell asleep on the couch. Burned up half the living room before she woke. Wax dripping fun stuff to get out of carpet and couch. Seen them on window sill. Never want to encourage candles...

--172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Glo [OH]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 2:41 PM
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Sounds good, the thought is what counts. However I'd never give candles. I don't allow them used in my rental units, especially my rooming house.

Dire hazard. We just had a family in town burn down the house with candles. My friend years ago left a candle burning and fell asleep on the couch. Burned up half the living room before she woke. Wax dripping fun stuff to get out of carpet and couch. Seen them on window sill. Never want to encourage candles...

--172.58.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 2:52 PM
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To me, the Christmas gift thing may cross a bit of a boundary in the business sense of things. I receive Christmas cards from my insurance agents once in a while and my chiropractor. I don't view my tenants the same. I'm not a Scrooge, we give to family and friends and out church.

However, I don't view my tenants the same way. One reason is, I don't know if they all celebrate it.

We all have tenants with various backgrounds and beliefs. To assume they have the same ones as I do wouldn't be right I don't think. I leave them alone.

A smile and a nod when I'm on site. A prompt response to repairs.

I think if you want to do the gift giving thing, it should be done as an anniversary type thing or for so many months of on tome payments. Even then, I think it should be something that benefits the property or unit too.

I don't want them thinking I'm too nice either. :)

--174.201.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Art [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 7:53 PM
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I see this form as people helping people. When I get on this form. I never criticize anybody. When I get on this form. Other times I'm asking for help in some problem I have as a the landlord. But the person in Oregon bothered me. With a really helping with her complaints about how somebody else was conducting their business, I don't think so and I'm saying that very strong. Why don't we just help each other with solutions and with questions that we may have. That's how I personally see this form. I don't like people that are being judgmental about other people that really doesn't help solve any problems. --24.251.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Dwayne [IL]) Posted on: Dec 17, 2017 8:04 PM
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So this morning I took my 4 year old daughter with me this morning to deliver fabulous sugar cookies from a high end bakery. The bakery idea is far away better than a Samís club cookie pack. The product was fresher and more personalized in the special Christmas box. I figured bringing my lil helper along to ring the doorbell was good practice for her, she loved the experience. One of our tenants handed me a gift card after receiving the box of cookies, that was the first time thatís ever happened. I was really surprised that they took the time and efforr to buy us a gift card that was easily valued at triple the cost of the cookies. It is true that when you give often you get more in return. Give without expecting and have a Merry Christmas season. (Oh, by the way if you pay off those rentals it brings peace and generosity comes much easier.). --50.82.x.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Natasha [MD]) Posted on: Dec 18, 2017 8:00 AM
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This year we gave our residents electronic gift cards. Because we work our business more remotely and 99% of our residents are online, we sent them an amount and they can choose what gift card they want online. It was fast, easy and they get to choose their own card or if they want cash deposited into their bank account.

For our seniors, we had our helper drop off grocery gift cards.

On all our cards we thank our residents for the opportunity to serve them. We don't expect anything in return. --68.96.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 18, 2017 1:21 PM
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Well as usual I waited too long and dithered about and didn't get anything ordered and no time to do individual drop-offs. SO I am going to do Happy New Year somethings... --173.22.xx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Keely [OH]) Posted on: Dec 18, 2017 1:40 PM
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My family has owned rentals through my entire life, and now I am the manager as my parents have retired. We have always given holiday gifts. It is rarely something consumable like cookies. I don't expect a thank you note or even acknowledgement of the gift.

Every year after Christmas, I troll through the big stores looking for discounted gifts that don't expire. So often times it is decorative items like LED candles, cookie jars, etc. I try to aim for between $10 to $15 for each apartment across a variety of small gifts. But that adds up to $20 to $50 worth of goods, as the tenants don't know that I bought the things on discount. The years that I do the holiday gifts they are more practical. In the years that my mother does the gifts they are more sentimental. I think the tenants can tell who did the gifts just at first glance. :-)

As not everyone celebrates Christmas, we give the gifts the Monday after Thanksgiving. There is a card for every tenant along with the gift. Frankly, this way if they don't want the gift it gives them plenty of opportunity to regift it; which I still view as a good use of the gift.

In the years that we have had many rentals, I have been in Walmart with two shopping carts full of random holiday stuff. And even had people inquire what I was doing, the store patrons not the staff, and said I was buying holiday gifts for next year for my tenants. You would be surprised to know that people ask for my card and if I have any available apartments. On the positive note, I rarely do have vacant apartments.

I think holiday gifts are just part of a landlord tenant relationship. I think that we all define that for ourselves, and that there isn't a wrong answer. To give, or not to give is just one choice of many, and that this point isn't what decides a good landlord or a bad one. In the end, I think tenants value being treated with respect and common courtesy more than any gift card. And on the odd occasion that my tenants have to have late rent, I feel that my occasional waive of the $50 late fee is appreciated more than any holiday gift.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to everyone in the New Year! --172.58.xxx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Dec 18, 2017 1:51 PM
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not sure why Sarah has to be so bitter. Is really none of her business to know the circumstances of another LL and then belittle her for not giving presents this year. It appears she enjoys the satisfaction of being appreciated for giving presents rather than the true meaning of giving a gift which is to give with no expectations of being lauded for giving. I give to my tenants because I am able. If I wasnít, I wouldnít. regardless of how many units I have. It all works differently for each of us. --104.218.xxx.xx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Mike [PA]) Posted on: Dec 18, 2017 5:54 PM
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I used to when I had a few units.

Now I send a text to the good ones and the bad ones, well its gonna be January soon which means no rent because their deep in debt from buying their kids "the best".

I beleive a personal text does more anyway.

If I sent chocolate, the bad ones would blame me for their kids bad dental check up. --24.115.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Kathy [GA]) Posted on: Dec 19, 2017 10:19 AM
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We own three mobile home parks (lower income housing) and have given every tenant a Christmas card and a $15 eatery gift card to those who paid rent on time all year. Whether or not one or more don't celebrate Christmas, I do and it's up to them whether or not they appreciate the card or the gift. I would not be offended if I had a Jewish friend and they sent me a card with their belief. I have had a few tenants thank me over the years, but I've been convicted of "expecting" that as I should be doing it because I want to and not for anything in return. I appreciate everyone sharing so freely here and giving all of us so many options that we may never have thought of by ourselves. --96.32.xx.xxx




Holiday Gifts, etc. (by Derik [LA]) Posted on: Dec 19, 2017 10:40 PM
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I give a card, and a nice business calendar with my business info at the bottom, and a ink pen with my info. You can buy them in bulk at Vistaprint.

Pass out the extras to vendors, plumbers, electricians, family and friends. Everyone loves calendars and pens, and everyone that visits sees them hanging in tenants apts. And it helps pread your name around. --47.211.xx.xx



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