Real Estate: Dealing with Agents/misrepresentation


I am renting an apartment and the agent of the tenant called me. He told me that the owner wanted to see the apartment because he bought it at auction and had never been there, the day they came the realtor was with three other people, one that he introduced as the owner and the couple as the owners friends. When they were looking at the house the realtor took me to the side to talk about renewing the lease while the "owner" showed the house to his "friends". I learned afterwards that the owner wasn't the owner and that it was a realtor and his friends were clients it was an actual showing. Can the realtor do that? is that legal?

I'd find the name of the real owner and send them a letter stating what happened.  You can look up the owner's name in public records.
Normally, the owner or an agent of the owner, which includes the manager if there is one, can only enter your apartment after they have given you 24 hour notice.  If you have not received notice, you are under no obligation to let them in.  However, if they did give you at least 24 hour notice, you do have to let them in for whatever purpose they want, including showing the property to prospective buyers.  It wasn't right for the agent to lie to you, but they do have the right to enter with notice.

Real Estate: Dealing with Agents

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John A. Souerbry


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