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Posted by Melissa Sanders on March 01, 1999 at 15:21:50:


I realize that this post might be somewhat lengthy, and thank anyone in
advance for taking the time to read it. If anyone has advice, questions, or
suggestions, please feel free to email me:
I rent a condo with two friends in Utah. We have continual problems with
our landlady, and are having trouble finding information about renter's
rights in Utah. Any suggestions of resources or advice would be greatly
appreciated. Our current situation is this: we have another 11 months
left on our lease, and wish to live out the term of our lease in compliance
with it and in peace. Ignoring the many past problems we've had with this
landlady, the current concern is that she wants to sell the condo. This
is, of course, her right, but my lawyer informs me that since there is no
provision whatsoever allowing her to show the house to prospective buyers,
we don't have to allow it. At present, we receive weekly phone calls from
realtors wanting to show the house and private parties wanting to see the
house. We find these events to be invasive of our privacy. My lawyer
wrote the landlady and the realtor a letter stating that they had no right
to show the house, and no right to inspect the house more than once a
month at the most. At first, they attempted to show the house under the
guise of "inspecting" and bringing prospective buyers with them. Now,
they've dropped even the pretense of "inspecting" and have sent me a fax
stating their intent to show the house on Monday, March 8th. My lawyer
faxed them making it clear that they have no right to show the house.
They haven't communicated with us since. Due to their past behaviors,
we suspect that, knowing that we will all be at work during the day,
they intend to show the house anyway. One of my roomates has gotten the
day off from work and intends to stay home. If they in fact come into our
house without our permission, what can we do? Am I correct in assuming
that we don't have to allow this? What can we do to prevent this?
Thanks again for any advice.

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