Tenants Rights or Wrongs?

An Unwelcome Intrusion

A day or so ago, an email arrived in my inbox which shook me up. Not initially of course, but as you will soon discover, people can be unpredictable as can our reactions. The email was from the property agent advising me that an unnamed person and their property representative wanted to, nay – were about to- enter our home as our property had been identified as one said unnamed person, would like to purchase.

Rather an unexpected interruption to our normal Saturday morning routine, to say the least. Particularly as we rent the home and have a rental agreement that has not yet expired. I also hasten to add that this property is not on the market for sale, and the owner had no plans to sell before this stranger approached him, especially given that we had, a couple of months before, negotiated and signed off on a longer lease. He had actually asked us to sign on for at least another year.

Now, as I said, initially I was a little taken aback about the email, what with receiving little more than 24 hours notice of this unexpected intrusion, but I did appreciate being advised beforehand, at least. I was not required to give permission for this “entry,”at all. It was an advice, not a request!

However, there seemed little chance I could have denied the entry, as the property manager stated we did not have to be at home at all and the strangers would enter regardless. It is true, I do not own this property, I merely rent it. However, all the contents are mine and I do pay good money to live here- more than most around, and in return, I expect that I can quietly enjoy residing under this roof.

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What I didn’t expect was my own extreme reaction to this visit.

Perhaps I may not have had such a reaction if the prospective buyer was, at least, a little humble or respectful? Clearly, humility was a lesson this stranger had missed at school.

Upon her arrival, Mrs ‘I am Used to Getting my Way’, bustled into my home, her family in tow, completely ignoring me as she walked past, as if I was some invisible, enslaved home help, completely peripheral to her consideration. [I know – that is SOOO judgemental, but bare with me, as I AM writing this in retrospect.]

Perhaps I should have stopped the rest of her family at the door, and given permission for just one person to enter, with the rep, as per the entry notice?

I don’t know.

My head started spinning with a range of thoughts.

Perhaps I should have followed her around? Is that polite or allowed?

Prone to ‘worst case scenario’ my thinking was immediately: Who knows if her child might have decided to pocket my jewellery or valuables as they sifted through our rooms, one after the other? These days we have to beware of all kinds of scams and who we open our door to, but then I decided I was being far too paranoid.

Butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth

The MOTH wasn’t on hand, either. He had taken the polite option of scurrying off for a walk with the growling Miniature Schnauzer, which to be truthful, would never bite. Our dear little girl does, however, sound a lot like a cross between the death metal band, Slipknot and the character Regan in the creepy movie, The Exorcist, to any stranger that darkens our doorstep. [you have been warned]. I decided to make myself scarce out in the garden, with one ear directed to the goings on, inside.

The lady’s first comment on entering our premises was a condescending –

“Oh – it’s so small.

To which the Real estate agent, intent on securing a sales commission or spotter’s fee, entered damage control:

“Well,” he said, collecting his thoughts.

“It really comes down to how much furniture a person has.”

Do I have too much furniture? I thought, suddenly questioning myself.

Quite possibly.

The next step in Mrs Stranger’s inspection offensive was to order her daughter to get out the tape measure and to measure the dimensions of the rooms and plan out the furniture placement and layout for their new home! This took some time.

Vocal criticism of our “settings” periodically burst forth from her mouth, like the water spilling over Niagara falls.

“You wouldn’t have THAT lamp.” And -“That chair doesn’t go THERE, she continued unabated.

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Say what?

I was, by then, a little aghast.

She had barely been inside for more than five to ten minutes. As the whole group continued with their inspection, I wondered if they had indeed been checking out our property during the last week or so?

Suddenly, I felt vulnerable and chided myself for not hiding any valuables that might lay trustingly about. And Mr Real Estate didn’t really supervise them either, standing casually with his hands crossed behind his back near the door.

I also began to feel as though my privacy had been violated. An extreme reaction – maybe, but it seems one really has few rights as a tenant to secure a rental property and rest comfortable in the knowledge that you don’t have to continually lock away any valuables, given that strangers may enter a rental property on an email and little more than 24 hours notice.

What if we had been away on holidays and not able to check email?

Queenslander home
Perhaps she was planning a serial renovation?

When Mrs ‘World is MY Oyster Stranger,’ disappeared into the garage, I took the opportunity to slip upstairs. Some time later, I overhead the conversation in the living room to be something like,

“Well, naturally, I’ll be wanting a second inspection before submitting an offer [to buy], to which the real estate rep enthusiastically agreed.

He then finally mentioned us.

“There is the small matter of the current tenants – but they won’t be here for much longer.”

I gulped! – WHAT?

We had in fact, recently extended our lease with the landlord until our new house, the [Home by the Sea], was completed.

Mrs ‘World is My Oyster Stranger/potential Narcissist’ pounced on this piece of information.

“Oh,” she said with an authoritative rising tone,

“Well, I’ll just rent it.”

Now, I am not sure if she meant she was planning to rent our house out to others, or for herself to become the new tenant, but the real estate rep clearly, like me, took the comment to mean the latter.

“Why would you do that?he worryingly asked – (seeing his commission as water swirling down the drain-hole).

Some whispering then took place that I was not privy to, and in any case, my mind started spinning. It seemed unfair that someone could roam around the suburb where I live, pick out a place that took her fancy, eye it over and within a little over 24 hours, have gained somewhat unsupervised entry, under a whim that she might make an offer to buy, (or rent), this or any property, just as she wished, without any regard for the folk who might be/were PAYING a fee, to live in that premises?

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Please tell me if this is a completely unfounded, knee-jerk reaction that is founded in insecurity? If so, I will back off.

I defintely need some objective perspectives here from the blogosphere.

Tenants’ Rights – Something I’ll be Pondering About

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95 thoughts on “Tenants Rights or Wrongs?”

  1. Wow, I am with you on this one as well, a bit of respect for you would have been nice and if it was me, I would have confronted the real estate agent afterwards. Do you really have to allow such entry on short notice?

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  2. Very disrespectful and infuriatingly so. Tenants have rights and to barge in at such short notice is out of order and probably unlawful. The agents is at fault here.
    We are always perplexed at how situations are handled. A bit of friendliness and courtesy goes a long way. How different it would have been if they knocked on the door and introduced themselves and offered to come at a more convenient time or make a future appointment.
    We have the same kind of rudeness here at our Strata managed villas. A couple of owners have positioned themselves in The Strata Management committee and they lord it over the other owners. It has driven us almost insane. It is not what they do but how they go about it. No respect or asking, ever.
    At one stage we called the police and that seemed to have calmed them down. However, they now focus their bullying on those that are ‘merely’ renting. GRRRRR.

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    1. Tenants seem to be considered the lowest of the low, for some people. I just checked the net for stats and it seems renters are about 1/3 of the Australian property market – 1/3 are property owners and 1/3 are paying off a mortgage. So they can’t ignore them as irrelevant. Gerard, you are right. Some respect would gone a long way to making the situation more tolerable. Thanks for affirming my own thoughts.


  3. This sounds like a violation on all kinds of fronts. A total invasion of privacy. If you have a rental agreement this should not have happened, and if it is legally permissable for such a viewing to take place – and for a property that is not for sale, then it should have been on your terms. A lawyer’s view would be helpful.

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  4. Your lease agreement was broken, Amanda: nobody has the right to even ENTER your rented premises, let alone bring wannabe buyers ! The estate agent was in breach; and you should do something about that right away. Here I would put in an application to VCat; but I don’t know what governmental setup to deal with this kind of appalling behaviour you have up there. You MUST take action, because if you don’t you will set a precedent – a virtually legal one – for that arsehole to bring other people around whenever he wants.
    This is absolutely against your legal rights. You have been trampled over.

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    1. I think Queensland must have different regulations. I wish you were right but I know that they can enter provided they give notice. But I must check whether this extends to another party other than the property manager and the Landlord.

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      1. You need to read your lease – go over it with a fine-tooth comb. Yes, they can enter having given SUFFICIENT notice: but they cannot POSSIBLY enter for the purposes of selling.

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  5. I feel like the landlord should really have dat down and had a discussion with you that he was considering selling the property. The perspective buyer should have also been informed about the lease as it’s likely that this could have had an impact on her desire to buy the house. While I’m not sure about the legal sides of things, from a general politeness point of view, this seems just rude.

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    1. It does Carol, and I am surprised both at the speed and the lack of communication. We don’t have any direct contact with the Landlord as he has employed a property management agent to handle rental matters. He works in the legal arena, so I feel sure that he hasn’t or the Management company has not done anything unlawful but the real estate rep with the buyer didn’t do the right thing morally. They should also have taken their discussion outside.


  6. I am completely aghast. I won’t help you If I tell you that such behaviour would be completely out of bounds in Germany (here the owners are not even allowed to have a key, they can inspect their own property only after announcing their visit and not on a regular basis – the sanctuary of your home is absolute and can only be broken by officers of the state in strictly defined circumstances). I just wanted to let you know that you have my full sympathy. Even if these intruders are within in their rights they were rude in the extreme.

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    1. Thanks so much Eklastic. It is nice to know that tenants rights are protected in other places. I guess if I was an owner of a property and it was rented, I would like to be able to check from time to time that things are okay but this incident went far beyond that in my mind.

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    1. Well, now I know I was are totally justified in my reaction if you think that, Peggy. I hope I don’t hear anything more and we finish out the lease arrangement with no further drama.

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        1. She certainly knew how to work the system to her advantage. The landlord uses a property management company who is our first point of contact. They were the ones who emailed us. We don’t have any direct contact with the Landlord himself.

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  7. I would have requested to be shown where in my lease it specified that such intrusion would be permitted, and in the absence of chapter and verse told them to go and take running jumps at themselves or be had up for trespass;

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    1. A definitive rebuttal Colonialist! I appreciate your thoughts and it confirms my own thoughts on the woman’s behaviour. I will keep your advice in mind but be sure to read the fine print on my tenancy agreement first!

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  8. Wow, I’d be annoyed as heck! Tenants surely have rights, so to be treated like that if awful. Did you talk about the real estate agent afterwards?

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  9. Hi Amanda
    I wonder if the owner is trying to sell but does not have it formally listed. This is sometimes done to prevent the “on the market status” which some homeowners want to avoid and then a place can get “stained” if on the market for too long – so I think the place is being sold but it is off the main route

    And the districted you! But you seemed to have class and tact!

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    1. Oh Thankyou, Yvette. I do have to work on not being too judgemental! Re the owner – I don’t think he has the house listed for sale. When someone approached him via the real estate Rep, I think he may have thought – What have I got to lose by seeing what they would offer me? Time will tell.

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  10. You must feel so violated. I feel angry on our behalf and you have legitimate grounds for complaint about your treatment, whatever the outcome. The worst of it is, I imagine your peace of mind has been shattered. We are tenants too, and have never felt a moment’s insecurity. I can imagine how quickly that might change if we endured an event such as the one you’ve been subjected to. Good luck.

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    1. Many thanks for that vote of reassurance, Margaret. Things can change quickly it seems as the owner definitely did NOT have plans to sell as of last month. It is great to hear that you feel more secure in your tenancy. Laws differ from state to state but it does raise questions and I think tenants here have more protection than they once had, but I am glad that I shall be moving into my own house before the end of this year. If this woman had come around much earlier, this year, I would be more concerned. Feeling the potential of homelessness is an awful feeling, even though we have many places in which we could stay, there is still this unsettling feeling, particularly as not all places are dog friendly and we have the Schnauzer! Is your tenancy a term that renews year to year?

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  11. Ouch. What an absolutely unpleasant experience, Amanda! Really, I am with M-R on this one; it looks like unlawful entering. I don’t have any real knowledge of how the law looks in your Territory, but I did a quick search on the Internet and came up with this:

    According to that link, it would seem that your landlord may be able to request entrance to the property, given proper advance warning, in order to inspect it. And I would also expect that he could transfer that right to another person as his representative. However, even the landlord can only do this a certain number of times per year/period, and I would regard it as highly dubious that he could take prospective buyers along.

    Be that as it may however, the proper person to handle this would be another lawyer. The question is if it is worth it however; isn’t this a temporary arrangement for you, while your new house is being built?

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    1. Exactly, Northern Dragon. It is now only a short term arrangement, and that is why I am not worried, just miffed and wondering if we will have to leave prematurely. If we had wanted to stay for another 12 months, I would be much more concerned. I think you are correct in your assumption of the Landlord’s rights, however, he is a lawyer himself, so he would surely know not to cross the line, but how to bend that line a little, perhaps?

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  12. I was really shocked, dear Amanda! And totally upset about your landlord! I believe that if it had been me, I would just bar the door and call the police… though… that may not be the most politic thing to do – and it might turn out to be a breach of the rental agreement (which might be very bad). Sigh.
    But really… I feel so angry about this!!! I am really afraid I wouldn’t care s..t about that issue with the agreement! (so happy my husband is more even-tempered!!).
    Many times my mother has told me, that my father’s Ukrainian temper does not really lend itself to the best of solutions to life’s problems… But really, sometimes – if you don’t push back hard, then people will just walk right over you!
    I think you should really check if it is legal, what he did. For if he did it once, it will probably also do it twice… 😦
    And also – did you know the real estate representative? If not, then this could actually be a scam – they may not even have the key they claimed to have (I gather you did open for them yourself, yes?) – and there is a risk that they were just taking a look around to check if there was anything worthwhile for them to take, later… 😦

    Really sorry about this experience, Amanda! I do suggest you call and speak with the landlord, at least, and let him know that this was not a good experience!

    I hope you will have a good week, despite all of this, Amanda! With many wonderful and positive moments and heartwarm people, to outweigh the weekend … 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your support and concern, Elena. If I was a person given to scamming others, I would have stumbled upon a great one. I did not know the real estate rep at all, but they would not have known where to go and at what time to call if they had not discussed details with the renting agent.
      Anyhow the MOTH tells me not to worry and I won’t, but it is irritating that a tenant should have their right to living peacefully interrupted, in this sort of manner and have to pack away valuable stuff because they were not supervised in their visitation. Have a lovely week. (i lige måde til dig)

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  13. Oh, poor Amanda! I can tell you from experience that those feelings you had during the unexpected visit were totally normal… and I would say justified too!!!
    I had kind of a similar experience during my last months in Ireland. Our landlord decided to sell the apartment we were renting… and she told us one day before the first visit!!! She had already gave a key to the real state agency and visits began just when we went on summer holidays (so yes, I was always afraid something would disappeared or that they would leave the door unlocked… as it actually happened once….). Meanwhile, there was (there IS) a huge rental market crisis in Dublin, with no decent apartments to rent for a non-crazy price, no rents for less than one year and we were leaving Dublin in 4 months… I felt all those visits of strangers, opening my closets and cupboards, entering my apartment with shoes from the street, judging my things were so so violent!!! And of course, I couldn’t stay at the apartment when they were visiting it….
    Seriously, the three months between the landlord told us about selling the apartment and when we found one were the worst three months of my life!!! Between the search of new apartment (I left crying some of them because they were so disgusting and expensive!!) and all those intromissions at my home….
    (And, of course, when we told our new landlord that we were leaving Ireland just after 4 months in the apartment we had more problems… but that’s another story, hehehe)

    So, yes, I totally understand you!!! I hope there are no more people wanting to buy the place you’re renting and you can enjoy your time there before moving to your house by the sea 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your empathic words, Mercedes. It means a lot as you totally understand the situation, having been through it yourself. One’s home is one’s private sanctuary and it does feel invasive when folks are wandering through your private possessions, looking through cupboards etc. And with no consideration that this might be a nice thing you are doing to let them look.
      I sold my house last year, and of course, we had random people coming through for several months. However, we were well prepared and had sorted things for their visit, so that felt okay.
      That feeling of homelessness is horrible, isn’t it? Particularly in a foreign country with hard to find rentals! A nightmare. We have a dog as well, so I panicked and started applying for rentals, almost as soon as our house was up for sale. I did not cope with that feeling at all well. Thankfully it worked out, in that I got accepted into the first rental I applied for. I was lucky. Having seen the state of some places, people rent out, I can also understand the tears you had. My son rented a place that was probably in one of the worst categories. But he is in better accomodation now, thank goodness. You mentioned some of the “intruders,” left the door unlocked/stole something? What happened there?


      1. It’s really an experience I don’t want to repeat ever… And I don’t wish it even for my worst enemy (I don’t have any that I know, hahaha, but if it were the case…)
        Well…. when the sale add went up it was just one week before we had to go to Spain for three weeks… So I was really afraid about letting people get into the apartment without us being there. The landlord told us that the real estate agent would be there, but as you mention, they aren’t really paying attention (they just worry about their commission, of course). So I took all my valuable things (jewels, camera and laptop) with me. And I don’t know (and I don’t want to) if they ever let the door unlocked during our holidays. But once we came back, during one of the visits, they let the door unlocked. I opened it without the key went I came back home after the visit. Of course I called the landlord and the real estate agency to complain and I told them if they were that careless I wouldn’t let anyone else coming in… The thing is that Dublin is not the safest place, we got the bikes robbed in that building just two months after we moved in… So it’s not that I didn’t trust them, it was that I already had a few bad experiences in the building…
        Thankfully, we don’t have these problems in Switzerland. Everything is more serious and organized here 🙂

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        1. Switzerland does have a reputation for efficiency and organization, Mercedes. What an ordeal you went through. Burglary, worrying about theft and then finding the door left open. What an awful feeling.
          This is my worst concern too. And seemingly no repercussions on the real estate agent if they stuff up? I notice he did shut the door as he left. But he also knew I was upstairs. I just hope I hear no more of these inspections until I move out.


    1. It was by email a little more than 24 hours, Lisa, but there seems little way we could refuse. If I was a scammer, I would have just discovered a great way to scam!


  14. What an awful experience. I don’t know the law in this, but I think you would have been within your rights legally, and definitely morally to set a suitable time. If the ignorant cow does decide on a second inspection, if it were me I’d do one of two things. The first would be a definite, one or two adults and no kids only, and at an appointment time made for your convenience. The second is that I’d then consider inviting a hoard of people to be in the house at the time of the inspection, people you can talk loudly to saying such things as, “that’s the rude woman I told you about,” and repeating to your guests what she said last time and how it made you feel. The more people the better – she obviously thought the place looked small, , more people will make it look even look more so. Have a party going on! If you don’t do that at least have one person with you for moral support, and follow her around. It’s fair to respond to her rudeness with some of your own. Please let us know if she comes back, and if she idoes, don’t be to accommodating. Good luck.

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    1. Chris, you make me laugh but to have great ideas to deal with Mrs Narcissist. I was thinking about the restrictions of numbers thing myself. A party or a “gatho” as the young kids say is also a grand idea. It could backfire though. She may alsk for a repeat second inspection due to all the people!!

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      1. Maybe just one or two people then, for moral support. And if she’s rude, you’d be perfectly justified in being rude back. Or – showing her the door, and telling the agent in her presence to please ensure any future possible buyers are going to show good manners when entering, ‘your home’.

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  15. I personally wouldn’t take her comments to heart. Sounds like she is leading up to put in a lower price by highlighting the negative [in her words]. We had the opposite in that tenants made the selling of our house harder than it needed to be. Even though we had lowered the rent due to them at one stage being ideal tenants. So, no matter what side we are on, some people are obnoxious to deal with.

    How to deal with them? Treat them with respectable and be as pleasant as pie, this tactic makes their behaviour even more noticeable.

    Since owning property has become more unattainable for many, there is more demand for rentals. Even here in Tauranga, it is hard to get a decent rental for a reasonable price if the news reports are to be believed.

    Good luck and I am sure if you make the appointments to suit you, the process will be easier to handle?. The dog walk sounds like a good plan.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. I am glad to have your perspective. That possibly was her motive, although you have to remember this property is not listed for sale so there is no price atm. I am unsure how far we can push them to make the appointments suit us as they were going to enter whether we liked it or not as they would get the keys to the unit from the agent. That is a concern as we need to protect our valuables. I think that concerns me the most.
      It sounds like Tauranga is kiwi country- am I right?


  16. Wow!!! This was disrespectful. The Realtor seem to have no regard for you and your family. Thanks and apologies rendered upon them entering your home. It would certainly be good idea to have a conversation with realtor. You handled it well. 🤗


  17. Yes one person only and barricade the door from the others. 24 hours is not sufficient. You shouldn’t have so much stuff……..what are you……….a hoarder lol Notice I didn’t swear. If sufficient time is notified it is then you can have all sorts of crap laying about. Burn the breakfast so the smell invades the house (cheese is good as is offal), leave prawns in the bath, never clean the toilet and leave the seat up, make sure the beds are unmade and most of all follow the jerks around (notice I didn’t swear) voicing opinions whenever you want especially the Real (notice I didn’t swear) Estate agents choice of clothes and car. Obnoxious wins the day as you have the lease and tenant rights. I am pleased I didn’t swear once about the lack of care for you by the f…………..(almost)

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    1. That is the longest comment you have written, Bushboy, so thanks for that. Have ypu ecperience with prawns in the bath? Lol….
      I like your avant gard suggestions for re-decorating my house. No hoarding here, I promise!! Following the folks around would surely spook anyone and speed up their visitation!

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      1. Sometimes I get on a roll lol No not written from personal experience but have friends where this has happened. Best was very best mate who answered the door in a towel wrapped around his waist (not a pretty sight) and had a saucepan of old porridge soaking in water which he squelched wearing pink rubber gloves. Needless to say they lived there for quite a while afterwards 😀 😀

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  18. Uhhh, I really hate it that you had to suffer through this, Amanda. I’m afraid that I’d be much more rude with them than you had. I’d have some fun with them, pretend to drop something, make funny noises etc. I’m sorry your dog was not at home. 😀 Or you could play them some Slipnot. Unlike you (probably), I listen to stuff like this for fun. So – thanks for the link! And that view, oh my oh my oh my!!!
    Seriously though, I hope you are allowed to live there in peace until your new home is ready, which is – good to see – coming along quickly and nicely.


    1. All those view are not mine, Manja. The one you refer to is Bellagio, in your beloved Italia!!
      Thanks for the advice on slipknot. I think it might help if one of the neighbor played his trumpet (which he does badly) and the other had slipknot blasting in the garden. I should get a few of my son’s worst Indie music scene stoner friends to hang around outside!!!?

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  19. If the would-be tenant is that disappointed with the property, she is welcome to seek accommodations elsewhere. You’re an adult, Amanda, and you don’t have to tolerate that kind of disrespectful behavior by anyone over such petty issues.

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  20. I’m not sure of the laws in Australia but I think that, at the very least, you could have restricted entrance to just the real estate agent and Mrs. Pain-in-the-Butt. We had a situation where the enthusiastic buyers of our house requested access to measure, and then showed up with 10 of their friends! No one wants a bunch of unsupervised people running all over the place!

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  21. Oh my, I have so many thoughts competing for attention in my mind after reading this. First of all, what happened next? Do you still have a roof over your heads? Completely outrageous – and very unprofessional – are you sure what they were planning is even legal? Surely your contract must have a notice period in it?
    As someone who has always lived in a rented home, never been a property owner, it sounds incredible. My home is still my home, even if I’m renting it! I stayed in my previous rental flat for 9 or 10 years! Imagine if I’d had to live on my toes for a decade of my life!
    It also reminds me of something that happened when I lived in Paris, around 2004. I had rented a flat for 9 months from a French woman living in Finland. So it was furnished with her things, bookshelves full and art everywhere – her father or grandfather had been a semi-famous painter and by the looks of the apartment, quite a productive one too. I was a young student so I didn’t mind, as the location was good and the rental costs affordable. (The flat was moldy and without heating or more than a showerful of hot water, but that’s another story – completely common in Paris.) Anyway, one day in December, after having stayed there for just over a month, I came to the flat and there she was, making herself some tea: surprise!!! She had assumed I might have gone to Finland for Xmas and as she had always stayed in the flat for a few nights on her way to Marseille where she spent her Xmas, she hadn’t imagined this time she couldn’t stay there. Never mind that phones and email were invented, she just didn’t think to inform me. All of my possessions were there, passport, credit cards, cash… well she obviously never thought I could nick a painting from her (which I of course didn’t, but very well could have) so I guess it’s logical she didn’t think I would want privacy or a sense of security. We had a little Mexican stand-off there for a while… and then I can’t remember what happened, but I do remember I didn’t return to Finland for Xmas. Maybe I traveled somewhere or she found a hotel, honestly all I remember is how upset she was. But hey, she was a grown-up and she had rented her flat out to someone for 9 months: take responsibility for your actions, don’t get upset! She had collected my money, I paid full rent for December and there was never any mention of her wanting the flat to herself some any period of time. She was a teacher in Finland and only came to Paris for the holidays. So I definitely think she was wrong to just barge in on my privacy like that, unannounced.

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    1. Now I feel petty complaining about Mrs ‘World is My Oyster,’ when I hear about Mrs ‘The French will Always do Things Differently-Crackpot’. It seems she hd no sense of privacy at all. If her theory worked, any landlord could barge in and plonk themselves down in one’s bed for however long they liked. It is a bit like Goldilocks and the Three bears isn’t it? “Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Oh, it is just the Landlord, of course. ”

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  22. That’s absolutely appalling. I cant believe its allowed for people to just invade your privacy like that and announced. And what a rude ***!

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  23. As far as the right of the landlord to have people come through your house, that varies from place to place, depending on the laws in that regard. I recently moved from a rental that was foreclosed and for the sale, open houses were held but we could say we didn’t want people to come in the house, which we did. Anyone could take anything and the realtor probably wouldn’t have had any idea who it was.
    As far as the obnoxious prospective purchaser was concerned, I’d have been tempted to stay just of range, but in earshot, and loudly echo her complaint with such offerings as ‘I don’t think they would fit in with this neighborhood,’ or ‘who on earth told her that outfit works.’ Would have had the added benefit of annoying the realtor too!

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  24. I know nothing about your rules and I know here, property management and maintenance can indeed come in with 24 hr notice. But they can’t show the unit to a prospective tenant until it’s vacant. I think it’s not the fact that they came in, it’s more the attitude they brought in with them. It would make me purple with frustration and anger. I hope you find a way to resolve this. I’m still trying to catch up. Sigh. ;(

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    1. Clearly your rules are more protective of tenants rights, Marlene. Thank goodness she hasn’t been back and they are now advertising for rentals. We had one 10 minute inspection that was so unobstrusive as to be completed in the blink of an eye. Aside from venting via this forum, and discussing it with friends, I haven’t yet turned purple! Thank goodness, Lol!

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