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Unread 11-06-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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Default Showing when current tenant is home or not?

Which is the norm, the LL can show the apt to potential new tenants when the current tenant (who's moving out) is not home, or LL should get current tenant's permission when to show the apt? I have seen/heard both. Sometimes the owner or agent tells you "the tenant is home at such and such time, that's when we can go". OTOH, some owners/super simply open the door and let you in when tenant is not home. Should there be a permission from the current tenant or not?
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Unread 11-06-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't think you need "permission" from current tenant but you do need to give notice as required under your state's laws. With notice the tenant can choose to be home or not.
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Unread 11-06-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I have it in my lease that if the tenant has given notice, the house/apartment can be shown. Notice is 30 days before move out. So for 30 days, I can show the apartment. The lease also says at reasonable hours, any day. I always call first and make sure it is OK. If the tenant is home or not, I give them notice I am going to show the apartment/house. If they are not home, they have a message that I showed it. I only do it during the day or on weekends....that's when people are looking. I don't show after 7 PM or before 9 AM.
So far I have had no problem or complaints.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 01:00 AM
 
Location: NJ
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As others have said, check the lease. Although even if it says the LL can show it at any time it makes sense to give notice to the tenant. The last thing a LL wants is a pi&&ed off tenant when trying to rent the place.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 05:05 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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I have it in my lease that if the tenant has given notice, the house/apartment can be shown. Notice is 30 days before move out. So for 30 days, I can show the apartment. The lease also says at reasonable hours, any day. I always call first and make sure it is OK. If the tenant is home or not, I give them notice I am going to show the apartment/house. If they are not home, they have a message that I showed it. I only do it during the day or on weekends....that's when people are looking. I don't show after 7 PM or before 9 AM.
So far I have had no problem or complaints.
Good for you Shane...when your expections are spelled out and within reason, you avoid problems.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Mine is written out too that they can show it 60 days before the lease is up. When I rented this place the realtor just called and left a message saying we were coming by. The issue I noticed with some places I looked at is some tenants keep the place so messy and it is a turn off to the possible new tenant.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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Permission is never needed in my jurisdiction as long as proper notice is given.

On a practical note... we try to never enter a unit without and adult leaseholder present... prevents misunderstandings.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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No LL should ever show an apartment with tenants living there.
When the tenant moves out, the apartment should be cleaned and painted then ready for showing. Not before.
Here in Brooklyn Ny, LL's never show the apartment with tenants living in them. Not in buildings, it just isn't done like that.
Besides who would want strangers in your apartment when you are not there?????
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Unread 11-09-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Besides who would want strangers in your apartment when you are not there?????
Happens all the time when you go to sell your house. Or when maintenance people come to fix something in your apartment.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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not while I am not there, it doesn't
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