Is a realtor allowed to force me to show the house I’m renting 3 days a week?

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Is a realtor allowed to force me to show the house I’m renting 3 days a week?

The house I rent is up for sale and this realtor wants to bring multiple clients threw each day. She also told the neighbor (on same property) that if they do not agree then she will put a 24 hour notice on the door every day.

Asked on February 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This may be excessive and therefore not legal. There is no hard and fast rule about how often an owner (or the owner's agent) can show a house for sale when there is a rental tenant in it, but the idea is that it may only be shown a "reasonable" number of times, on reasonable (generally 24 hour written, which includes email) notice, during reasonable (e.g. during the workday, or as otherswise agreed) hours. After all, while the owner has a right to take steps to sell his or her property, you are paying for possession--you may not lightly be disturbed or intruded upon.

Note though that if you feel that the owner and/or his/her realtor is being abusive, to make them stop, you'd have to go to court and seek a court order--which has its own costs, monetary and otherwise. If at all possible, you should try to work out something that works for everyone, before getting to that step.


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