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

Grandparents Visiting for ChristmasOne of the nicest things that happen during the holiday season is that we get to be with our family and friends. When you are a renter and those loved ones come to visit, however, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. This would not only ensure that their visit would be a nice and comfortable one but also that it does not violate the terms of your lease. These points can be categorized into two. First, ensuring that your friends and family feel welcome during the holiday. Second, knowing your responsibilities as a tenant when guests visit. These things are good 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 writing down your password on a piece of paper and giving it to them as they arrive, you can make getting online a lot easier for them. In the same way, giving each guest detailed instructions on how to get to your house would be very helpful. Also, remember to include any necessary gate codes. This would be a nice touch and can make their journey a lot smoother and easier.

When your guests are in your home, you’d want them to feel like you’ve provided everything they need. Something you can do is to provide some breakfast options they can choose from as well as an assortment of little necessities. Catering to your guests’ breakfast preferences really makes them feel the care you’ve put into welcoming them. Then when you add 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 spare them from any embarrassing situations in case they happen to forget some of their personal hygiene products.

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

Now as you do all you can to make your guests feel welcome, 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 general rule of planning holiday get-togethers and parties is to keep them within reason. Observe local noise ordinances and quiet hours during the night. Do all you can 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 end up being thought of as an unauthorized tenant, and that would just get you in a whole lot of trouble. If you’re uncertain 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 good strategy for any doubts that may arise.

The amazing news? Real Property Management Southeast Idaho has a team of Rexburg property managers who see to it that they 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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