My Tenants Are Going Overboard On Christmas Decorations: What Do I Do?

Nobody wants to be a Scrooge or a Grinch or any other Christmas character with negative feelings toward the biggest holiday of the year, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. As rental property managers, we’ll have tenants who want to decorate for Christmas, which is normal. But what should we do when we have a tenant who damages the property with their decorating? Be it excess holes in the walls, damaging the roof shingles and tiles while hanging up Christmas lights, or digging up holes in the front yard for larger decorations, there are many ways tenants can go a bit overboard in their Christmas decorating. Nobody wants to see their rental property damaged by well-meaning folks who just wanted to spread some Christmas cheer. Here are a few tips for handling a stressful situation like this.

Tip #1: Start Before They Move In

It’s always a good idea to lay out a sort of “decorating protocol” in your tenant’s contract. This can outline everything from decorating inside the rental property to the do’s and don’ts of Christmas decorating. While completely limiting your tenants in their decorating endeavors can turn off potential tenants from renting your property, having some sort of guideline to minimize damage is always a good idea.

Tip #2: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Communication between rental property managers and their tenants is always good, but staying in contact with them and chatting about Christmas decorations early on can help to avoid some of the more serious mishaps we’ve seen from intense decorations. Providing tips like avoiding climbing on the roof or on the best nail to use for wreaths and lights can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding damaging the property.

Tip #3: Encourage Damage-Free Decorating Methods

Another thing you may choose to include in your tenant’s contract: damage-free decorating methods are perfect because they allow tenants to decorate to their hearts’ desire. Damage-free decorating methods include avoiding nails when possible, avoiding climbing on top of the roof, and more, so your tenants can decorate and not have to worry about damaging the property.

If You Need Help Managing Property, Call ARP Rental Homes Today!

Dealing with difficult tenant situations can be a nightmare. As a rental property management company, we can help you deal with pesky tenants and avoid Christmas decorating nightmares so you don’t have to stress. Call us today to learn more about our services!

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