Should Tenants stay or go during Open Houses and showings?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Lucky Star Realty

There are two sides to the issue of should tenants stay or go when a property is being shown, whether that is during an open house, or an agent is bringing a buyer to the property.  ON the one hand, the best case senario for a property to be shown is to have it be cleaned and vacant.  The property needs to be vacant when an agent brings a buyer to view the property because then, the buyers do not feel intimidated or that they are being "watched" while they are at the property.  Also, they can freely express their views, likes and dislikes, amongst themselves and their agent.  ON the flip side, if a property is being shown that has tenants living there and the tenants have property missing or destroyed aftar a showing, they are more likely to blame the showing agent and buyers, so in this case, it is best to have the tenants stay home, yet be out of the way, so that when something goes wrong or missing, they do not blame the buyers when it is not their fault. 

We recently had two tenants living in two seperate listings call and cancel on their open houses.  A few days ago, both sets of tenants had agreed to allowing our company to hold open houses this weekend, but this morning, both tenants called to cancel for some reason or other.  I contacted one of my sellers who had one of the listings and she was not pleased.  She claimed that the tenants had agreed to allow us to market and show the property as need be during the coarse of their tenancy because they knew and agreed to the house being for sale on the market as they were living there.  Both parties agreed to this in writing on the rental contract.  This was something that I had forgotten too, that the seller included these points as terms of renting their property to the tenants. 

So who is right and who has the final say so, the tenants or the sellers in whether or not our company can conduct an open house on the property.. if the tenants do not agree to it in the last minute?  Any opinions or suggestions will be apreciated.  Thank you.

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Anonymous #21
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I think they should not be present and left alone with the viewers, they tend to say the wrong stuff, sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident.  If they are not going to let you do it alone ==don't have open house and stay with your viewers.
September 10, 2007 10:04 PM
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Sherry Armstrong
Daytona Beach FL real estate
RE/MAX Property Centre
When I show a property that has a tenant present and the buyer is an ivestor who would like the property already rented, I have found that informing the buyer that this buyer would want them to stay changes their attitude a bit. Of course, it the buyer wants to move in, I don't say too much. We have so many listing that are vacant, it's fairly easy to show a buyer who'll occupy plenty of houses that are vacant to avoid the renter situation.
September 10, 2007 10:34 PM
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June Mellor
Century 21 All Islands

I prefer that tenants nor sellers (if the home is owner occupied) are home during a showing or open house.

Tenants most likely are not thrilled with the possibility of needing to find another home in the near future and for sellers, sometimes they can share a nice story of their future plans and end of giving the other side some bargaining power (i.e. - sharing that they have a short timeframe and need to move soon, or that they are divorcing and just want to get rid of the home, etc.) - you never know what may be said that can weaken your negotiating position.

Just my 2 cents...

Aloha from Hawaii!

June Mellor

September 12, 2007 05:08 AM
Anonymous #24
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Claudia

i am a tenant who has lived in this duplex for 11 years. I've been a good renter, I've never been late, I've had no complaints.

Two days ago a person who is not the realtor or the home owner, called my home and told my 13 year old daughter that the house was now up for sale. That a for sale by owner sign would be placed in the yard the next day.

 

i called this person back, she identified herself only as Heidi. she claims to be a friend of the owner.. she is no longer licensedto be a realtor, but she would be handling the sale of the duplex. she told me she wants to come into the home to inspect it so she can make a determination as to price.

she also informed me that she would be holding open houses on the weekends.

I have never agreed to an open house. I haven't signed anything other than the normal rental lease. so what are my options for her holding open houses when she is neiher the owner or a realtor, and what if something does come up missing?

I'd appreciate any advice i can get!

 

claudia

April 02, 2009 05:18 PM
Anonymous #25
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MJD55

Claudia,

As you can see from the overwhelming negativity toward tenants above, don't ask a realtor, ask an attorney. This is not a bid for your business, it is simply common sense. These people appear to hate tenants and pidgeon-hole them all as being the same.

Best of luck!

April 07, 2010 10:39 PM
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