Last month, I gave my 60-day notice of my intent to vacate the apartment I am currently renting. The access clause in my lease reads:
Landlord and/or Landlord’s agents, including but not limited to maintenance personnel and contractors may enter the Apartment after providing the Resident 24 hours notice. If there is an emergency, Landlord may enter the Apartment without providing Resident advance notice. Resident is not permitted to change or add any locks to the Apartment. If the Resident cannot be available during normal business daytime hours to permit Landlord to enter the Apartment on the scheduled date, Resident hereby provides permission to the Landlord to enter in the Resident’s absence. Resident shall also provide access to the Apartment to permit Landlord to make repairs, renovations or to inspect the building or Apartment to ensure compliance with the Lease Agreement.
Am I required to allow them to show my rental unit while I’m still living in it? There also is nothing in the “End of Lease” that speaks to the showing of the rental unit. If I do not allow it, what can happen?
I’m no expert in landlord/tenant matters, but the clause you describe makes it sound like you agreed by signing the lease to provide the landlord with access upon reasonable request. I think you are out of luck, but other attorneys may have superior knowledge on this particular topic.
Looks that way. How else is the landlord going to be able to rent it after you leave without showing it? You for sure don't want to prevent them from showing the apartment and then be responsible for their losing out on rent, unless you want to be responsible to pay for an extra month or two.
If you're concerned about them showing the place while you're not there, see if you can make a deal to be at the apartment when they bring people through.
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