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Household Holiday Cheer
Renters are feeling more fiscally comfortable this year, according to a survey by apartment listing website Rent.com, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll tip building staff.
The doormen (and women), cleaning staff and other people working to manage apartment buildings shouldn’t get their hopes up this holiday season, if the results of the 2013 Holiday Tipping Survey are any indication.
In fact, 25 percent of renters in staffed buildings say they do not think it’s necessary to tip at all. Interestingly enough, a slightly larger portion (28 percent) say they do not plan on tipping.
The numbers of expected “appropriate” tip do not match with the actual amount people plan to tip. While 29 percent of respondents say that tipping $20 to $35 is the appropriate amount, only 20 percent plan to tip between $20 and $50 total.
Survey numbers show that tipping is closely related to the way renters feel about their finances – 27 percent of renters said they are “more financially fit” than last year, so they plan to tip more as well.
Of those who are feeling “stressed” about their finances, 14 percent say they plan to tip less this year.
Those who are disinclined to give cash tips can take a cue from the 5 percent of survey respondents who say they will give a homemade gift like baked goods or a hand-written note.
Besides those who feel obligated to tip because of societal pressure, more than one-third of renters say they simply want to “share their appreciation” during the holidays for their building staff.
And while some building staff will feel stiffed by the holiday spirit, some will get lucky – of the 1,000 renters surveyed, 2 percent or 20 people say they would tip more than $1,000.
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