Before the festive period really kicks in, it can be a good idea to get in touch with tenants to sort out what's happening throughout late December and early January. Contacting them in advance can go a long way to ensuring there's no hold ups and serious problems at what should be one of the more relaxing times of year.
Before winding down for the Christmas period, it is a good idea to simply check in with all your tenants and see what needs to be done before that short time when there's no one around. It allows you the chance to let people know what times you won't be available, as well as scheduling in any pressing maintenance work that needs done over the next few weeks to make up for the lost week at the end of December.
One simple reality of the winter season is that there will be problems brought on by the cold, and this doesn't stop for Christmas. Over the festive week, there's always the chance that someone in your rented homes will be hit by a broken-down boiler, malfunctioning heating or a burst pipe. None of these are problems that can wait, so you need to ensure that even when you are unavailable, someone is always on call as an emergency contact. It's also a good idea to make sure all tenants have the emergency number, just in case something should go wrong in their homes.