can my landlord sell my house

i live in tn and just signed a lease for a year for the house i am living in. my landlord wants to put a lockbox on my house so that the realtor can come and go. i have two dogs and a 13 year old son home alone during the work week. my lease says he can come in to make repairs but thats about it. what do i do? legal aid gave me a pamplet that stated i have the right to have peace and enjoy my home without the landlord bothering me.

Asked on June 28, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  Legal aid is correct, however, most states have statute (which i am sure includes your state) that says that tenants may not unreasonably withhold access by their landlord from trying to sell or re-let the property while you are there.  I suggest permitting the landlord to come in.  I also suggest that you make an agreement with the landlord to give you the courtesy of givng you 24 hours notice before showing the property so you can be home.

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