Ask ABODO: Unexpected Guests

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At ABODO, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect apartment. But we also care about what happens once you’ve moved in. We started Dear ABODO to help you navigate the renter life, from rental agreements to roommates. Each week, we’ll answer a new user-submitted question.

Got one? Email us at claire@abodo.com.

This week’s question comes from a renter in Tallahassee.

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Dear ABODO,

I’m moving out at the end of the semester. Up to now, I’ve had no problems with my management company. But they’re doing something that’s driving me crazy.

Ever since I told them that I wouldn’t be renewing in the spring, they’ve been leading tours through my place. The first time it happened, the property manager told me the day before, which I appreciated. A day’s lead time allowed me to make plans to be out of the apartment when they were over. And, neat freak that I am, to clean the place up a little bit.

But since then, I’ve had dozens of tours through my place, almost always without notice of any kind. I’ll come back after a day of class and notice that things have been moved in my apartment. Or I’ll be at home and suddenly someone from the management company will be knocking on my door, with people who want to see the place. This happens at least four times per week.

Is this ok? Every time I’ve asked the PM for more notice they’ve kind of brushed me off.

Tired of Tours

 

Dear Tired,

Check your lease. In Tallahassee, your property manager is legally required to give you 12 hours notice before touring your apartment… unless your lease states otherwise. (Check out our blog post about Tallahassee tenant rights.)

If your lease has a provision for anytime drop-ins, you might be out of luck. But my guess is that if you’ve been relatively reasonable thus far about tours — and it sounds like you have — your management company might be willing to work with you. You even cleaned your apartment for apartment tours, for goodness sake! You clearly want to help out.

If, however, your lease includes no provision allowing no-notice tours, bring up Florida Statute 83.53. That’s the state policy governing apartment access. If your property management company STILL continues to show your apartment without giving you notice, you should contact a Florida Tenant Resource Center for advice and counsel.

Warmly,

Claire