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What Does “Home for the Holidays” Mean for Your Tenants?

Grandparents Visiting for ChristmasOne of the good things about the holiday season is the opportunity to see family and friends again. When you are a renter and those loved ones come to visit, however, there are some things you have to be aware of, just to make sure that their visit would be a pleasant one and doesn’t violate the terms of your lease. These points can be divided into two categories. First, making your friends and family feel welcome during the holiday. Second, having a good grasp of your responsibilities as a tenant when guests visit. These points are great ways to maintain good relationships with everyone concerned – including your landlord!

When preparing for your guests to arrive, there are a number of things you can do to make their visit as comfortable as possible. For instance, it’s pretty certain that many of your guests would want access to your Wi-Fi while they’re staying at your home. By taking a piece of paper and writing down your password before they arrive, you can make getting online a whole lot easier and more convenient for them. Likewise, providing each guest with detailed instructions on how to get to your house would be a nice touch. That would reduce the stress of travel and they would be really grateful for that. Don’t forget to include any necessary gate codes.

When your guests are in your home, you’d want them to feel like you’ve provided everything they need. Accordingly, having a variety of breakfast options to choose from will really make them feel welcome, as well as giving them an assortment of little necessities. Providing for your guests’ breakfast preferences can help them feel at home and cared for. Then when you add the simple gesture of giving them a basket filled with items like extra toilet paper, clean towels, toiletries, feminine products, and even a hairdryer, you go the extra mile and may even save them from an embarrassing situation if they ever forgot to bring some of their personal hygiene products.

Another nice touch would be to make a list of nearby amenities or attractions. This gives your guests the freedom to plan to have a little fun going to local sites of interest during their stay without feeling wholly reliant on you. As for their sleeping arrangements, give them a sleeping space with all the comforts they’ll need to settle in. Also, for the tenants without an extra bedroom, bring out a comfortable air mattress, chair for clothing, a lamp or nightlight, and a fan will help everyone rest easy.

As you do everything you can to make sure your guests are comfortable, you also need to remember your responsibilities as a tenant. Most landlords understand that celebrating the holidays means having holiday parties and guests that attend them. It is for this very reason that many of them have included specific language in your lease that restricts the number of guests and the length of time that any guest can stay. This is why it is important to know the terms of your lease before making any holiday plans. Nothing could be worse than having your holiday ruined because your neighbors complain to your landlord or the local authorities.

The rule of thumb when you’re planning holiday get-togethers and parties is to keep them within reason. Observe local noise ordinances and quiet hours during the night. Make every effort to keep your guests from becoming a nuisance to your neighbors by parking their cars in front of their houses, driveways, and so on. It would be a good practice to make the number of guests somewhat small to keep from angering your neighbors or your landlord.

Finally, don’t forget to check with your landlord if one or more of your guests will be staying with you for an extended period. Long-term guests who overstay their welcome may be considered as an unauthorized tenant, and this would create a heap of problems for you. If you aren’t sure about how long your guests can stay before your landlord will want them to start paying rent, ask. In fact, communicating with your landlord or property management company is a really good approach for any uncertainties that may arise.

The wonderful news? Real Property Management Asset Solutions has a team of Hollywood property managers who make it a priority to communicate with both tenants and owners while clarifying lease terms and enforcing the rules if necessary. Whether you’re looking for a rental or would like us to manage your property, contact us and see how we can help you this holiday season.

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