If my landlord is selling the housethat Iam leasing, does the realtor have the right to a copy of my keys and entry into the premises?

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If my landlord is selling the housethat Iam leasing, does the realtor have the right to a copy of my keys and entry into the premises?

The realtor wants to come in at his convenience to look and take pictures and wants a copy of my key so he can get in to show prospective buyers if I am not at home. Do I have to allow this? What are my rights in this situation?

Asked on June 6, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The realtor has no more right(s) of entry than the landlord does. That means that while he or she *can* enter to show the place to prospective buyers, he or she can only do so at reasonable times, on reasonable notice (e.g. 24 hours written notice), a reasonable number of times per week (not every day). Also, the realtor cannot put up pictures that show your family or private/personal belongings, though he can put up pictures that show the house but not you and yours.

It's not a bad idea to be somewhat flexible and try to work things out rather than be contentious; but at the end of the day, you are a tenant, paying money to occupy the home, and have rights. Remember: the landlord can give the realtor the same right(s) of entry as the landlord has--but cannot give more.


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