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Cards, presents and safety advice: What are landlords doing this Christmas?

Christmas tree in a home

Many landlords have are spreading festive cheer this Christmas by sending cards or giving gifts to tenants, according to a poll by Simple Landlords Insurance.

Of those that said they wouldn't do anything to mark the occasion (54%), the vast majority (80%) said they didn't think it was appropriate to send a card or give a gift as being a landlord is a business, whilst just over one in ten cited worries that their tenants may be offended on religious or personal grounds.

Are you planning to buy your tenants a gift or send them a card this Christmas and New Year?

Pie chart showing number of landlords planning to buy their tenants a gift

Poll of 126 landlords conducted by Simple Landlords Insurance

Chocolates, sweets, wine, presents for children and even money off rent are the gifts planned by the landlords giving something to their tenants this December.

Planned cards or gifts from landlords to tenants

Chart showing planned cards or gifts from landlords to tenants

Risks:

20%
the average uplift in burglaries over the Christmas period

11%
the average uplift in house fires over the festive season

A smaller number of landlords plan to remind their tenants about the heightened risk of burglary and house fires at this time of year.

One in five (21%) said they ask their tenants to inform them if they are going away for more than a few days over the period, 16% remind tenants that the risk of burglary increases in December, and 11% send reminders about rules on candles or Christmas lights.

Do landlords contact their tenants with Christmas and New Year holidays coming up

Chart showing if landlords contact their tenants

Richard Truman
Head of Operations at Simple Landlords Insurance

Richard Truman

“We would encourage landlords to get in touch with their tenants ahead of the Christmas fortnight, if only to help them avoid the heightened risk from burglary, fire and flood over the holiday period. Many properties are either left empty for longer periods than normal, are potential fire-traps from Christmas lights and candles or are an Aladdin’s cave for potential burglars.

“Landlords could include a safety checklist in any Christmas or New Year’s card they send as a gentle reminder to let them know if they are going to be away, to alert tenants to heightened risk of being burgled this time of year, to highlight the dangers of Christmas lights and candles - and to stress the importance of smoke alarms.”

Read more: Simple Landlords guide to Christmas.

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