Our lease doesn’t end for 9 months. Is it reasonable for prospective tenants to tour our home?

Q: We recently renewed our lease for another year. The property manager wants to tour my house with potential new tenants. Our lease does not end for nine months. This seems off, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is our recourse? — Jordan

a man and woman posing for a picture: Realator showing an apartment

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Realator showing an apartment

A: This does seem odd, but there may be a valid reason to start now. In tropical areas popular with “snowbirds,” it is necessary to find next year’s tenant well in advance since most potential tenants leave for cooler weather in the spring.


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As with most landlord and tenant questions, the first step is to review your lease carefully. Many leases will contain a clause dealing with showing the property to prospective tenants.

Most leases I have seen limit showings to the last two months of the term, but yours may be different. You will be bound by what

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