Q: I currently rent a condo, and the owner has listed it with a real estate agent with the apparent hope of selling it.
But prospective buyers are coming by to see the property without calling first. Am I obligated to show the property?
The owner has been very elusive about what’s going on. I’ve been getting most of my information from the real estate company.
I have no problem with the realtor showing the place when I’m at work, which is Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. But the weekends, I’m usually home and in the midst of cleaning and entertaining family and friends.
Also, the owner hasn’t given me notice that I have to move. But because of all of these showings and the constant interruptions, I am planning on moving soon.
Can I tell the owner and agent that they can only have access during the week while I’m at work?
A: Your owner is trying to have his cake and eat it too and while I’m all for sweets, his behavior isn’t fair to you.
Take a look at your lease. Your lease should specify how much notice the landlord must give you before showing the unit. It’s not unreasonable to ask for at least 24 hours notice, although if you want to be nice, you could simply ask for a courtesy call to see if it would be okay to show the property.
That’s what I do, with the investment condo that my husband and I own. When we were trying to rent the property while the current tenants (who were moving out at the end of their lease) were living there, we would call and ask if it would be convenient to show it at a specific time. Usually, the tenants said yes. But, if for some reason that didn’t work out for them, we’d ask them for an alternate time.
Your landlord sounds like he doesn’t really know how to be a good landlord — certainly he’s not respectful of your space, or your rent check. I think moving is a good idea. In the meantime, talk to the real estate agent about when the apartment will be available to be shown. And then stand your ground. Part of what you’re paying for is the right to live peacefully in your unit.