Tip #107: Yes, You Can Show Occupied Properties
by James Safonov
It 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.
See last week’s Landlord Quick Tip.
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