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Old 04-05-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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I just was notified that my apartment is being shown but I'm in the middle of moving out and won't have time to go clean the place I'm moving out of before the showing. Can I get in trouble or be penalized for this?

I have no idea why they would even want to show the place because everything is broken or non functional (half of the outlets don't work, the doorknobs keep falling off, etc)
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Put a note on the door and say .. Move out in progress .. please excuse the mess ..
Then when you done moving stuff out you get your butt back in there and honestly clean it up so you can get your seceriety deposit back ..
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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I wish I could warn the tenants of these slumlords and let them know that the outlets don't work in 2 out of 3 rooms and they won't fix it, haha. I suppose I can't leave a sign saying that.

But my lease isn't up for 2 months so I will have more than enough time to clean up once I'm out... but I just can't do it before they are showing the place.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Be sneaky write Dont work on ALL the non working outlets...if asked just say O that reminds me they are just Decoration LOL BUT on the other hand the Sooner they rerent the apt the sooner You can Stop paying rent on it!
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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That is so annoying when LLs show the place before move out. I never liked looking at apartments filled with junk, or unclean because the LLs want to show the place before tennants move out.

This never happens to me because I suppose I have been lucky, but I would be tempted to be lying on the couch in my underwear with an empty vodka bottle on the floor when the prospective tennant arrives.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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LMAO @ Dr Earth .. yer terrible ! but the idea is funny ..
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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It's really shooting yourself in the foot as an LL unless it's a very desirable location and unit.

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I just was notified that my apartment is being shown but I'm in the middle of moving out and won't have time to go clean the place I'm moving out of before the showing. Can I get in trouble or be penalized for this?

I have no idea why they would even want to show the place because everything is broken or non functional (half of the outlets don't work, the doorknobs keep falling off, etc)
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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As always, there's no definitive yes/no answer.

Most places have no laws pertaining to the condition of the apartment during landlord visits, regardless of the purpose. That is, there is no law that requires a tenant have their unit in a particular condition during a unit showing. But likewise there is no law prohibiting the LL from including a clause about unit showing conditions in the lease or building policies.

So most likely, it would depend on what your lease says. Be aware that many leases say 'tenant must comply with all building policies' and the building policies are actually a separate document. That clause makes the separate document an 'exhibit' in the lease, and even if it is a separate document, you still must abide by everything it says.

But legality aside, as much as you dislike this LL, don't burn your bridges. You still want to get your deposit back painlessly, and you still want their cooperation in references for future lease applications. So maybe make an effort to at least tidy up, even if you aren't scrubbing the bathroom every day. At least make it easy for future tenants to walk through and see the features of the unit.

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Old 04-06-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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As always, there's no definitive yes/no answer.
But legality aside, as much as you dislike this LL, don't burn your bridges. You still want to get your deposit back painlessly, and you still want their cooperation in references for future lease applications. So maybe make an effort to at least tidy up, even if you aren't scrubbing the bathroom every day. At least make it easy for future tenants to walk through and see the features of the unit.

The unit is viewable, it's just messy. The floors haven't been swept, any of my roommates things that were on my tables are now sitting on the floor, etc. and I cannot be there to clean it because I took two days off last week to complete the move... and also I work full time and go to school full time. I agree, I don't want to do anything that could result in them keeping any part of my deposit, but there's just not enough hours in the day for me to go there and clean the place before they want to show it, so that is why I am nervous. That and their previous history of being extremely devious - They threatened to take me to renters court when a shared utility bill for $35 wasn't paid, even though I never got a bill (and requested one over FOUR TIMES because I called and they said they didn't know WHY I owed money!) and then they told me their accountants don't have time to reconcile their accounts so I should just pay it. Really? You've gotta be kidding me. It ended up being from over a year prior and I went through all of my bills ever received and I had just never gotten it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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You don't have to clean up, you don't have to leave the unit and you don't have to be silent, either.
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