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Re: Help!

Posted by Mo on March 02, 1999 at 16:21:20:

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

: Hi,

: 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.

I couldn't find anything on Utah Landlord/Tenant Law except to contact Whitney Rearick ( for more information. Why don't you just ask your lawyer what the Utah Landlord/Tenant Law is? From my experience, the landlord has the right to show their property to prospective buyers and renters. The landlord should give you 24 hours notice. You should not have to take off work for this. The landlord should handle arranging the showings with the realtors etc. and be present for the showings. You should ask you lawyer about what happens once the Condo is sold. Does the lease transfer to the new owner. The new owner may purchase the condo for their residence, not to rent. Good luck!

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