Real estate Q&A: Tenant won't cooperate in showing house

Showing an occupied property can be difficult, even more so if you are not the one occupying it. There are times when a landlord must sell the property that they have a tenant in and you may never know how that will go until you actually experience it. The landlord in question says that their tenant has always paid on time and takes care of the property, but when it was put on the market and the landlord began to contact them to set up times to show it, they became unresponsive and unreasonable about showing times.

This can be a real problem when trying to show a house, because while the law allows for certain instances that the landlord may enter the property, with the exception of an emergency, consent is generally needed. If not given, the landlord may open themself up for accusations of harassment. In the end, it may be best to sit down with the tenant, explain the situation, and perhaps even offer them a gift card or something of that sort to compensate them for the inconvenience.

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POSTED November 15 2013 11:30 AM

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