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Showing house with tennants. Month to month lease but does not specify when house can be shown. Tennants would like 4 hr

I want the house to show whenever a person wants to book it on css but tennants wants 4 hour notice. Nothing is specified in lease agreement for this except I verbally told them I would give them 24 hours until I realized this isn’t Texas law. What is texas law? What is reasonable?

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Showing house with tennants. Month to month lease but does not specify when house can be shown. Tennants would like 4 hr

By miskerb@yahoo.com   
Posted on May 10, 2018 in Topic: Home Selling
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I want the house to show whenever a person wants to book it on css but tennants wants 4 hour notice. Nothing is specified in lease agreement for this except I verbally told them I would give them 24 hours until I realized this isn’t Texas law. What is texas law? What is reasonable?
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Veronica Mullenix
about 3 months ago
You, or your Realtor, will need to establish showing dates and times with the tenants in advance. For my tenant occupied properties I ask the tenants what day of the week can the home be shown? They name a day of the week, for example Wednesdays. Then I establish what time block on Wednesday can it be shown? They say, for example, "while we are at work from 9am-4pm." I get commitment from tenant that the home will be reasonably picked up, beds made, kitchen and baths tidy etc on the agreed upon showing day. For weekends it is same scenario, we decide together what block of time on sat/sun would be the showing time. Example: 1p-3p on sat and 12-2 on sun. On MLS the showing times are published for Realtors to know when they can show the property. Showing appointments are scheduled during the agreed upon blocks of time, and the tenant is notified of the scheduled showing appointments. You just need to work with the tenants to establish dedicated day and time for showings. The home cannot be shown outside of that agreed upon time block. Hope this helps.


about 3 months ago
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Ryan Kohn
about 3 months ago
I agree with Veronica, in original lease there should be a provision that at X duration you are allowed to place a lock box on the property, and tenants will allow showings or for what consideration they could opt out of placing the lock box. Keeping a home ready for showings is one of the most stressful times for a home owner when selling a house. There is typically a lot less incentive for a tenant to keep a home immaculate for showings. A solid, structured game plan is always best when working with tenants. Note, if tenants do not do a good job keeping the home show able, you will be subject to deter more buyers/tenants than you will attract, same goes for multiple declined showings as well as tenants being in the home during showings, nothing more awkward than walking into an approved showing to see a family sitting at the dinner table or someone walking out of the shower. Work with them and find a happy medium between what they want and you need, or get them out and show vacant.


about 3 months ago
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Yvonne Chauvin
about 3 months ago
Paragraph 14.B of the Lease Agreement states:

B. Access: Before accessing the Property, Landlord or anyone authorized by Landlord will attempt to first contact
Tenant, but may enter the Property at reasonable times without notice to make repairs or to show the Property to
prospective tenants or buyers, inspectors, fire marshals, lenders, appraisers, or insurance agents. Additionally,
Landlord or anyone authorized by Landlord may peacefully enter the Property at reasonable times without first
attempting to contact Tenant and without notice to: (1) survey or review the Property's condition and take
photographs to document the condition; (2) make emergency repairs; (3) exercise a contractual or statutory lien;
(4) leave written notices; or (5) seize nonexempt property if Tenant is in default.

It's best to establish showing schedule with your tenants. Is there a reason they require 4 hr notice? Do they work from home? Have a baby? Do they work offsite?
Depending on their situation, there may be a good solution- and days/times when they may not necessarily need 4 hr notice.
Perhaps time block during dinner or evening hours in lieu of a shorter notice during business hours?
Just a suggestion.
Hope this helps.
Thank you,

Yvonne Chauvin
Realtor
BHGRE Gary Greene
281-686-0143


about 3 months ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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