Checklist For Landlords Going On Holiday

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So, it’s almost that time of the year when I’m going to have to break the mould of my stern facial expression by cracking open a smile, ear-to-ear.

I’ll be embarking on my annual trip to Las Vegas tomorrow. I genuinely need this vacation. It’s one of the only annual events I look forward to. Christmas and Birthday’s don’t mean shit to me. My Annual trip to Vegas seems to mean everything. Some people live for the weekends, I live for my trips to Vegas.

Unfortunately, being a landlord that fully manages his properties means I can’t elope by booking a ticket, sticking my fingers up and saying, “see ya’ later, fuckers” On the contrary, I’m required to organise temporary replacements to handle my landlording responsibilities in case shit hits the fan and my tenants need some assistant. That’s probably one of the main drawbacks of being a fully managing landlord.

Holiday Checklist

Here’s a list of simple steps I take in order to protect my investments while I’m on holiday. Nothing described is rocket science, it’s actually common sense (I hope). However, I thought I’d jot it down anyways, It’s banter, innit.

1] Notify my tenants

First and foremost, I notified my tenants I’ll be away for 10 days, starting from the 2nd of May, 2011. I sent them all written letters and mailed them recorded delivery.

I know from personal experience that failing to inform tenants when out of the country can be a costly mistake. You never know what’s going to happen and when, so i’d rather avoid tempting fate.

I’m still usually contactable while I’m away, I make that clear, but the odds are, a lot of the times I won’t have my phone with me. Also, you never know what the signal will be like in foreign countries.

2] Arrange an emergency contact

Whenever I leave the country or need to dislodge myself from my landlording responsibilities, I always let my parents take the reign. They’re both responsible, reliable, and I trust them with my life.

I know if anything were to happen, they would take care of it.

3] Provide both tenant and emergency contact with details

This is probably the most vital step- ensuring all the relevant details are passed over to the correct parties.

I’ve given my tenants the following information (in the same written letter which mentioned my annual leave dates):

  • Who their emergency point of contact is
  • Contact details for the emergency contact

Emergency contact
I’ve given my emergency contact the following:

  • Name, address, telephone number for each tenant
  • Information regarding how to access the spare keys to each property (in case of an immediate emergency)

That pretty much sums it up. Three simple, but vital steps (as far as I’m concerned anyways).

What do you do when you go on holiday?

In most cases, I assume the majority of landlords just take off and leave, and don’t even consider the possibility of something so server going wrong that they’ll need an emergency contact to step in. I used to have that kind of attitude, but then I heard about a few horror stories that made me wise up.

So, as a landlord, what do you do when you go on holiday? Do you take any precautions? Also, does anyone have more safety tips?

Right, so I’ll be back in 10 days, chaps. If all goes according to plan, i’ll come back with a sore (but clean) penis and a lot more money. Wish me luck.

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YesAdam 1st May, 2011 @ 22:40

Landlords should have a separate contact number for their Lettings Business. Leave it with a trusted person, or , what I prefer is using a number (skype) where you can forward it.

Any other reason you send them an letter, letting them know, if contact number remains the same?

Letting Agents can give landlords temporary ease of mind for longer holidays or emergency contact in other cases.

The main tip is to schedule holiday in-between rental pay days. It may confuse tenants or give them excuse to mess around your substitute landlord otherwise.

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cardifflandlord 3rd May, 2011 @ 10:15

Have a good 'un pal - dont forget COYOTE UGLY at New York New York! You will thank me.

BTW - I thought you were in Vegas recently?

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The Landlord 10th May, 2011 @ 23:38

Hi all,

I'm back, and I'm feeling the holiday blues. Back to reality. Urgh!!

YesAdam: Good tip about scheduling holiday in-between rental pay days. But I'm assuming that only applies if the tenant pays cash direct to the landlord. In any other case (e.g. standing order) it shouldn't make any difference.

cardifflandlord: Ot-oh! You're not going to be impressed! I walked past Coyote Ugly about 20 times, but never actually went in there! Each time I thought of you though! I got a picture of the place, if that helps!

Last time I was in Vegas was last summer! I want to go back again this summer!

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landlord andy 18th July, 2011 @ 09:35

I am not sure that your notification to tenants is a good thing. You are basically saying 'hey, i am not at home for a week or two, feel free to break in or tell a few of your scum mates to take over the place', your tenants have your home details as a landlord unless you work from a remote office? My advice would be to leave your emergency contact details on voice mail message and thus they get to know on a need to know basis. Your emergency contact can have all of your hotel details and service providers etc so you should not need to do anything else.

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Jody 29th January, 2014 @ 19:12

If a landlord does not provide these details to the tenant prior to the holiday, is that considered illegal?

What are the rules to do this?

As I have been trying to get through to my landlord for about a month now, and apparently he is on holiday according to his wife. I have received no replies to my messages and calls.

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Tracey 22nd August, 2014 @ 12:42

We were planning to move out during the summer holidays in order to take up new employment in a different area and have to sort out schools for the children (the education authority will not consider a new address until we have physically moved in). My landlord knew this. She has gone on holiday for a month and, despite trying to contact her (I need a reference to move into new accommodation) I have only had two short, unhelpful text messages. I have stressed that a delay in moving will jeopardise my daughter's school place but she has completely ignored me. Is this acceptable behaviour? what would happen if there was an issue with the property? She has left no alternative contact. I feel so angry and frustrated.

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Tracey 22nd August, 2014 @ 12:44

Landlord Andy, Why, because I am a tenant do you assume that my 'mates' are scumbags? I am a teacher and most of my friends are professionals.


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