Currently renting a property and owners have now decided to sell. Can they show the property without our permission or bring people in when we aren't home?
Dear Huntington Tenant:
Ordinarily, I would suggest you check the lease for the paragraphs dealing with the tenants' right to proper advance notice and the landlord's right to access in certain circumstances but your follow up question pointed out you had a verbal lease and this situation did not come up in your discussions with the landlord.
Technically, but for a meeting of the minds between owner and tenant and usually memorialized by a written agreement, in the absence of any agreement, your landlord has no right to go into your home without your permission and entry at any time when you aren't home is a trespass.
So what would you do about this? Call the police?
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Mr. Smollens is correct. Are they showing your apartment without giving you notice? If they provide reasonable notice and want to show it at reasonable times, you'd be hard-pressed for a reason to deny access. I'd also like to suggest that you want to be on your best behaviour during this process, lest you piss-off your next landlord! Let the prospective buyers see how nicely you keep the place, how cooperative, and how friendly you are. That will go a long way! Good luck.
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You should be looking at the lease terms; usually some notice is required...but you cannot refuse the landlord permission to show the propoerty
As already stated in the previous two answers, look at your lease (if you have one). You are entitled to reasonalbe notice as to when the apartment can be shown. Do not expect a judge to rule in a landlord's favor if there was a dispute in court over the issue of showings when the tenant is not home and the tenant does not consent. The tenant will usually be granted the right to be present if their personal belongings and personal papers are in the premises. This is an issue in many bitter landlord tenant disputes, for obvious reasons. If you like the place an want to stay it is probably best to help in getting a good new landlord,
It depends on what your lease says. At a minimum by law they must notify you in advance of their intent to enter absent emergency.
Since your lease is expired, whatever rights the landlord has to show the apartment would be governed by the lease, but, realistically unenforceable. This is because the landlord can terminate you on one month's notice anyhow. So, whether you are otherwise violating the lease is essentially academic. Therefore, from a practical point of view, you can refuse to allow access for showing the place and can use this as a negotiating tool to get some more time to stay out of the landlord.
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