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Is this unreasonable? Real Estate agency suggests tenants buy their landlord a Chrissy gift


An Aussie real estate agency is copping backlash after emailing renters a list of suggested gifts for their landlords.

A screenshot shared to Reddit shows the awkward email that a Queensland based Real Estate agency sent to their tenants in the lead up to Christmas.

The communication encourages renters to purchase their landlord a Christmas gift, and lists five options for them to choose from.

Ranging from $50 to $115, tenants can select a 'White Wine Grazing Box', 'Festive Sweets Box', 'Self Car Hamper', 'Foodies Hamper' or 'All Things Golden' gift set.


The email reads, "the time has come again to start thinking about and celebrating Christmas!".

"This year has been particularly challenging for both our tenants and property owners alike and we understand some tenants would like to tahnk their property owner for everything in 2021."

"The choice to be involved in this is 1005 optional and you are certainly under no obligation to do so."

"Our team are happy to facilitate the purchasing of a gift on your behalf and have it delivered to the property owner with a handwritten note to say thank you, directly from you."

Naturally, the Internet is in a tizzy over the memo with many Australian renters slamming the Real Estate agency for being tactless.

"Wow, tone deaf much," one user commented.

Another implied that they've already gifted their landlord, saying 'Yes, it's called increased rent and overcharging on water bill. Merry Christmas.'

Someone else wrote, 'I'm happy to send a basket with a note saying 'here's all of the maintenance that needs doing... you've got 28 (days) to get on-top of it or seek a court ordered rent reduction until they're fixed.'

Meanwhile, one kind landlord joined the conversation saying, 'I normally give my tenants a week's free rent for Xmas.'

While it seems most of the community find the email a little ridiculous - particularly given the rise of Brisbane rent prices over the past 12 months - other members are defending the Real Estate Agent.

"certainly an email with almost the exact same wording went to owners offering to give a hamper to tenants," said one user.

What do you think? Should renters buy their landlord a Christmas present?

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