Legally Agents can Hold an Open House for Tenant-Occupied Properties

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 Legally Agents can Hold an Open House for Tenant-Occupied Properties

Part of my business involves Property Management so it is not uncommon for friends to ask me questions about thier rights when they move out of a rental home. The main questions that comes up is this:

Are weekend open houses allowed for tenant-occupied properties? Can I say no and not allow the agent to show the house to prospective tenants until after I move out?

Here's what you need to know:

Weekend Open House Allowed For Tenant-Occupied Properties
A listing agent of tenant-occupied property can hold an open house over the weekend during reasonable hours (as explained below), according to a recent California court decision. A landlord’s right to enter leased premises during “normal business hours,” as authorized under section 1954 of the California Civil Code, means “objectively reasonable hours under the facts and circumstances of the case, keeping in mind the right of tenants to quiet enjoyment and the right of landlords to sell their property” (Dromy v. Lukovsky (2013 WL 4654568)).

As an agent, I personally don't hold weekend open houses but prefer to make appointments to show the property on a one on one basis. Itss more work for me as an agent but I get to know each prospective tenant better and the current tenants are less inconvenient than having many people touring their home during an open house.

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Thanks for today's education, Elisa. I didn't know the answer to that question.

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Ah, so much to keep up with in this business. I love your tag line by the way:)

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