As a landlord, I receive gifts – left by my tenants – every once in a while. And since this is the time of the year when many of us exchange gifts, I thought I would share my top five favorite tenant gifts with you.
5.) Cleaning Supplies –
From brooms to dustpans and from Windex to Lysol it seems there are always some cleaning supplies gifted to us. I actually cannot remember the last time I had to put any type of cleaning supplies on my shopping list. Don’t get me wrong though. I am happy to get these gifts because I use them and it means my tenants also used them.
4.) Lamps –
I do not know what it is about lamps, but many times they just can’t seem to go to the new home, even though they are nice and functional. I have added several of these gifts to my own home and office, but please, I have enough lamps now and do not need any more.
3.) Various Medieval Weapons –
I do not really get this one. Maybe they are trying to tell me something akin to that famous line from the movie Pulp Fiction. So far I have collected a scimitar and a flail or chain mace. The scimitar weighs about 11 pounds and is quite the weapon.
2.) $54.36 and a Mini-Playmate Cooler –
We once purchased a building and inherited some tenants. Since we wanted to completely rehab the building the tenants were given 30 days notice. After one of the tenants had signed the Release to Rights of Possession form we went in to begin clean up. The tenant had left the place a mess, with junk furniture, empty liquor bottles and to my surprise loose change scattered everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. I found a Mini-Playmate cooler, the kind that will hold a six pack, and nearly filled it up with the loose change! It totaled $54.36. Why would you just abandon that? It was on that day that I stopped trying to figure out why tenants do what they do.
1.) A Clean Apartment –
This one has got to be my favorite. Over the years we have implemented various systems and practices that give us back a clean and ready to rent apartment. Yes, there might be a few places to touch up some paint and perhaps a small repair or two but generally we get our properties back in nearly rent ready condition. And isn’t that really the best gift of all to a landlord (other than prompt rent payments of course!). I know, those are not really gifts, but it is really great when you have good tenants and your systems work.
So what kinds of gifts have your tenants left you? What are your top five? Let me know with your comments.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Photo: Shawn Kinkade