Landlord’s Good Deed Goes Viral

by Chris on December 10, 2012

A letter from a landlord to tenants, telling them to deduct $70 from December’s rent to buy a holiday gift for someone special, has gone viral after being posted on a social media site.

After a photo of the letter was published on social sharing website Reddit, more than 600 people commented on the post, and a number of news agencies have broadcast the story.

Many of those commenting were tenants singing the praises of their own landlords.

For instance, one such tenant explained that after a good rental experience, he agreed to provide a testimonial for his landlord.  Another happy tenant took the initiative to provide three positive references on three different landlord rating websites.

Tenants who commented frequently mentioned landlords who keep the property in good shape — like the landlord who took it upon herself to replace the half-broken stove with a brand new one, even though the tenants were willing to limp by with the old one.

It’s easy for landlords to ignore their best tenants and give all the attention to the bad ones who take up so much time.

But these comments spell it out loud and clear — good tenants appreciate being noticed and rewarded for their efforts.

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Marv December 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Good article Chris…food for thought so to speak. With Xmas nearly upon is, it might be worth considering a nice deed for your tenants. I have the property manager give my tenants a Star Bucks card, everybody has a Star Bucks near them and most everybody that I know goes there at some point.
Let’s hear from some of you Landlords/Property Managers out there… what are you doing for your tenants? I know that many of you look after your tenants year round, not just at Xmas.

Wendy December 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Two years ago, I had a couple who were both laid off from the same company at the beginning of Dec. She also found out she was pregnant at the same time. She was very ill with the pregnancy and she was so worried that I would evict them. They were good kids and I told them not to worry about the rent for December- Merry Christmas! I told them to regroup and get back on track for the New Year. They didn’t let me down. It was better than them getting behind and finally defaulting altogether.

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