(Closed) tipping landlord?

posted 9 years ago in Home
  • poll: To tip or not to tip?
    No, the "thank you was enough" : (12 votes)
    44 %
    Yes, a card would be polite. : (7 votes)
    26 %
    Yes, a card and monetary tip would be nice. : (4 votes)
    15 %
    You're thinking into this situation waaaaay too much! : (4 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    Maybe a gift card, if you know he likes coffee send him a Starbucks card, etc.  $10 cash or in check seems ackward.  A gift card to a local place would be less strange.

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Absolutley not! Tipping in this country has gotten way out of hand! This is coming from a long time server/bartender! You are not obligated under ANY etiquette rule to tip your landlord, he already gets the biggest chunk of your income anyway! Some landlords will charge a fee for coming to unlock the door but if that is not already noted somewhere in your lease then that is the price he pays for being a landlord!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would just send a "thank you" and be over it. If you feel like you need to do SOMETHING you could go ahead, I think a gift card is a little more appropriate.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would just send a "thank you" and be over it. If you feel like you need to do SOMETHING you could go ahead, I think a gift card is a little more appropriate.

    Post # 6
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    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    Bonniebon, I don’t think she’s saying it’s obligatory (neither am I).  However, I think both she and her fiance are very pleased with his attentiveness and how the situation was handled, enough to possibly tip him.  I think that if you are happy with a service you should let the person know. 

    Post # 7
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @ chela429 i understand she is appreciative, who isn’t when they get locked out?! if she wants to do more then she should do it but she should not feel like etiquette requires her to give something in return for him doing something he should do because he is her landlord. And I think she did let him know she was happy with the service when she said thank you so very much! Just my opinion.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    My feeling is that it’s part of the landlord’s job to let you in when you get locked out (or at least in my lease agreements it’s that way).  I think a simple thank you is enough.  Also, I feel that tipping is something you do for more service-oriented jobs when the person is paid on a per-service basis, and I don’t think a landlord falls under that category.  Also, I know things have changed, but I tend to be of the opinion that the rule about not tipping an owner still sort of applies (I make exceptions for beauty treatments).  I guess, especially if it’s really a ‘landlord’ and not just a building manager it would appear particularly strange.

    Post # 9
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Maybe check your lease because when I rented out my condo, I wrote in my lease that if the tenants lock themselves out they are responsible for paying for a locksmith to let them back in.  I know in my area, a locksmith will run $120 bucks, but I felt it wasnt my responsibility to make sure that my tenants didn’t lock themselves out.  I did let them in once, because they actually locked themselves out on their first day in the apartment, but I did tell them next time they would need to call a locksmith.   I just can’t be leaving work to let them in on a regular basis.  I wouldn’t do a ‘tip’, maybe a gift card to starbucks 🙂  Or cookies or something like that

    Post # 10
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    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Wow Bmm1012, harsh!  A locksmith?

    I feel that part of the responsibility of being a landlord is letting in your locked out tenants.  So I guess I don’t see the heroics of it.  But I’m also a big fan of tipping whenever the hell a service made you feel good, whether or not that service was part of a contract or not.  So I guess if you feel like he really saved the day send a cute card and a gift certificate.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee

    If you are inclined to send a note and gift card, I suggest a gas card (b/c he drive 30 minutes extra to come unlock your door…)

    While I in no way think that it is necessary to tip her, if you do, she will remember it.  And she probably will be likely to be attentive to your needs in the future.  So my vote is yes, but a selfish yes : ) 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I’m on the side of tipping. It’s a kindness and consideration in return for a kindness and consideration your landlord did for you. Also, I think you probably either want to get a gift or give a little bit more than $10 since calling the locksmith will cost over $100. In any case, whatever you decide, do send a card! I’ve made so many personal connections through life sending thank you cards; people do remember and they will do you favors in the future.

    Post # 15
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    41 posts
    Newbee

    I *am* a landlord (okay apartment manager, but that’s what it sounds like you meant). In the leases for the units here, it says that we can charge a "lock out fee," I think it’s like $75 or something. But I think we’d only do that if someone serially locked themselves out and it was a pain. So I always go and unlock units for people (once at like 2am on a school night! That did not make me too happy, especially since he was super trashed…).

    Anyhow, I think if you wanted to send a card or something, that would be terribly nice. I know I would be blown away if one of our tenants did that. But it is sort of in the job description for them to do that sort of thing, so it’s not expected at all. Although, we know which tenants are the good ones, and which aren’t, and let me tell you what, we will let the good ones get away with more than the bad ones! So being on your landlord’s side is always good, so if he/she seemed peeved, then a card might be nice. But the bottom line is that it isn’t expected, but would definitely be appreciated! I wish our tenants were that nice!

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