If your landlord is selling the home you happen to be renting, there is a reasonable notice that must be given before he or she enters your home. Your lease will tell you how much notice is required. Most lease agreements require landlords to give their tenants at least 24 hours notice. As a tenant, you cannot deny access to your landlord if he wants to show your property to potential buyers. However, you can require that written notice is provided to be before the landlord enters the property. Your lease might indicate that more notice is required, but most rental agreements have a clause with the 24-hour requirement.
While it can often be awkward to have your landlord in your home, especially with potential buyers, it is a good idea to make the property available. Before you grant or refuse access, check your lease. The lease you signed probably allows your landlord to come into the property when necessary. Even though you live in the house, it still belongs to someone else, and you have to make reasonable accommodations. If you are willing to work with your landlord and allow him to come into your home when he needs to, he will likely be more willing to work around your schedule and visit the property at a time that is convenient for you. If you are worried your landlord has violated your lease, talk to a lawyer knowledgeable in landlord/tenant law. Stephen K. Hachey, a Florida real estate attorney, can answer your questions. Contact our offices at 813-549-0096.
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