If you're a tenant living in a rental property, we have some top tips in this latest guest blog from specialist Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords to help your place feel like home this Christmas...
Tell your landlord/agent about any problemsIf there are any minor maintenance tasks or repairs that need doing in your property, it's important that you let your landlord or letting agent know now, before they potentially get worse and cause damage to your home. With the cold weather starting to bite, small issues can become very big ones overnight, so don't delay.
You'll also be able to relax more and enjoy the festivities of Christmas if your home is in a good state of repair and feels comfortable. If there are any problems to report, get them in before the big day arrives or let your landlord/agent know on any periodic inspections that they have planned.
Know what to do in an emergencyIt's always best to be prepared at this time of year, as delays and bad weather can have an impact on your property throughout Christmas time. One of the most important things that you need to do now is make sure you know what to do and who to contact in an emergency.
If anything goes wrong with your rental home over the festive period, you should have a plan in place of where certain things are (like the stopcock) and the contact details of who you need to get in touch with. This will give you the peace of mind to enjoy the holidays.
Put your decorations upAlthough most tenants are prohibited from decorating their rental homes, you can still spruce the place up with some Christmas ornaments and embellishments, such as a tree, wreath and fresh greenery.
If you do want to put lights up on the outside of your property or hand decorations indoors, make sure to check your tenancy agreement, so that you don't break any clauses it may contain. If you're unsure, simply ask your landlord or agent.
Invite family and friends overThe best way to make your rental property feel more like home is to invite your friends and family round to show off the place, especially at Christmas. Why not throw a party or offer to host Christmas Day in your home?
You can really get into the spirit of the season in your rental property by sharing it with those closest to you - it's the perfect opportunity to have a get together.
We hope that all tenants settle into their rental homes this Christmas and enjoy all of the festivities that the holidays bring. Just Landlords would like to wish all landlords, letting agents, tenants and homeowners alike a very Merry Christmas!