Is it appropriate to thank landlord with gift?
August 7, 2008 10:58 PM Subscribe
I am wondering about the appropriateness of giving a thank-you gift to our landlord for some emergency work he recently performed.
posted by parkerama to Human Relations (17 answers total)
The work started out with what seemed to be a minor problem--a small leak under our bathroom sink. However, when the landlord came down to take a look at it, the pipes and sink completely fell apart and crumbled, and he had to head out and find a replacement sink on a statutory holiday, come back, and install it. What we thought would be a 10-minute job turned out to be an all-day project, and it was his only day off in weeks.
My husband asserts that this is his job and that our rent cheques are his payment. I think a small thank you (e.g. a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, etc.) would be a nice gesture for his efforts.
I should add that we have been renters in the basement suite of our landlord's house for 4 years (he and his wife live in the top two floors); we like living here and plan to continue to live here for the foreseeable future. However, although they are both nice people, they are very slow to respond to any requests we have (i.e. if something breaks)--by "slow" I mean weeks/months, with us having to remind them at least a few times before they "get" to anything. Perhaps an extra thank you, in the form of a small gift, would let them know that we appreciate their efforts?
Is it a good idea to give them a gift, or is this inappropriate (it falls outside the standard landlord/tenant relationship) or unnecessary?