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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 filed under two groups. The first group is making your friends and family feel welcome during the holiday. The second group is having a good understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant when guests visit. These groups help 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, you’re going to have guests that are staying in your home. It’s almost a certainty that many of them would want to access your Wi-Fi. By writing down your password and handing it to them when they arrive, you can make it more convenient for them to get online. 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.

As soon as your guests are in your home, you’d want to give them a sense that they lack nothing and that everything they need is available. 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 welcome and cared for. And the added touch of giving them a basket filled with items like extra toilet paper, clean towels, toiletries, feminine products, and even a hairdryer, can save them from embarrassment in case they forgot something.

Another nice act you can do is to write a list of the nearby amenities or attractions. By doing this, your guests can plan to have a little fun during their stay, visiting some local sites of interest, and they won’t feel wholly reliant on you. As for their sleeping arrangements, see to it that their sleeping space has all the comforts they’ll need to settle in. Also, for the tenants without an extra bedroom, providing a comfortable air mattress, chair for clothing, a lamp or nightlight, and a fan will help everyone rest easy.

As you do what you can to make your guests feel comfortable, you also need to remember your responsibilities as a tenant. Virtually all landlords understand that when one celebrates the holidays, there will be holiday parties and guests that attend them. So, to make sure things don’t get out of hand, they’ve included specific language in your lease that restricts the number of guests and the length of time that any guest can stay. That is why it is important to know the terms of your lease before making any holiday plans. Nothing is worse than having your neighbors complain to your landlord or the local authorities, ruining your holiday.

The main 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 everything possible 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 might be better to keep the number of guests somewhat small to remain in the good graces of your neighbors or your landlord.

Ultimately, be sure 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 regarded as an unauthorized tenant. This would create a whole slew of problems for you. If you’re unsure 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 Cache Valley has a team of Providence property managers who know the importance of communicating 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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