Is the tenant legally obliged to allow a show day if they are out of town?
I will be away on my annual holiday from 6 Dec – 14 Dec. The landlord is demanding that I give her access to the house for a show day even though I am not in town and I am not ok with this. The lease states that the tenant needs to give the landlord access to the house for “at least 2 Sundays a month” for show days but, due to the time of the year and me being out of town, I am not able to give her access for 2 Sundays in Jan 2018, only 1. The lease also states the tenant must allow reasonable access for the purpose of showing the premises. I have offered her access any weekday from 07h30 to 19h00 from my return, as well as on weekends as long as it’s by appointment, which I think is very reasonable, as well as a show day on the very next weekend. She is refusing this and demanding a show day.
Please let me know what my rights are in this case or will I have to allow them access to “my” home with all my personal belongings?
Hello. Your proposal sounds reasonable and should not be a source of conflict. The lease agreement is specific to two sundays, unless there is a proviso. Irrespective, ask the landlord if he/she will take responsibility for any theft or damage to your belongings if he insists on a show in your absence. And whether he will put it in writing. If not then there is good reason why you cannot comply. Also explore the possibility of leaving your keys with a trusted person who will be present in the event of a show.