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Tip #107: Yes, You Can Show Occupied Properties

by James Safonov

landlord helpIt is important to have a clause in your lease permitting the landlord or agent to exhibit the rental to prospective renters and/or purchasers.

The only caveats are making sure you are doing so with proper notice and that you have a qualified applicant in hand.

The current occupants need to know you are bringing people into their homes who you have done a background on.  This also limits any potential wrong doing from opportunists “shopping” your occupied rental properties.

Proper notice is at least 24 hours–some tenants will give a verbal consent; however, I always encourage a 24 hour posting even if the tenant consents.

The proof of service in the file can save you if any discrepancy rises from entering the home.

James Safonov is a property manager with HomePointe in Sacramento, California, [email protected]. HomePointe provides full service property management, leasing, accounting, and maintenance.

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