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Re: Help! - Landlord Wants To Show Apartment To Prospective Buyers

Posted by Mark Smith on March 02, 1999 at 10:12:04:

In Reply to: Help! posted by Melissa Sanders on March 01, 1999 at 15:21:50:

I wish the Subject line of the original message had been longer and more meaningful than Help!, so I've made it clearer.

You have a lawyer, who seems to be doing a good job. Does your lease or Utah law require you to give a key to your apartment to the landlady? If not, simply change the locks. You could also tell the landlady that you will let her show the apartment, if she reimburses you or your roommate for your lost pay and other benefits on workdays, or for a fixed fee on your days off, when you stay at home when she shows the apartment to prospective buyers.

: 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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