My landlord told me yesterday she is thinking of selling her house. I get a call today NOT from my landlord by an estate agent stating that SHE WILL be at my house on Friday for a showing. My lease is not up until 05/31/17. I was wondering if I had any rights in Illinois to stop this until I am 30 days away from the end of my lease? I feel violated and just at a loss. Thank you for your time.
The real estate agent is allowed to show your apartment only if she gives you advanced notice. It looks like she has. The fact that your lease is up in May which is right around the corner, tells me that it is unlikely the property will be sold before then. Either way the first place to look is the lease to see what it outlines. You should at least consult with an attorney to get a peace of mind.
Most leases grant a landlord (or their agent) reasonable access to the unit. Many specify some amount of notice. Outside of Chicago and a few other select municipalities, the majority of your rights are in the lease itself.
If the lease allows for entries, they still can't be unreasonable. Showing the unit is not unreasonable, but if the frequency becomes obscene or the time of the showings bizarre, then you may be able to go into court and get an injunction ordering that the entries stop and/or so for money for breaching the contract.
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