You've got nothing to lose. Don't let them harass you and stick to your guns. No earlier than 14 days before. I'd also put in a formal complaint about the behaviour of that guy and mark it private and confidential to the managing director just so they know.
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I've worked in real estate (in Vic) for 12 years now. Although it's the law that tenants don't have to let people through, I've never actually seen a tenant refuse entry. I'm in commercial R/E now (completely different), but when I worked in residential we started inspections as soon as tenants gave notice to vacate.
The way you have been spoken to is terrible though and a total overreaction on their part. It's so rare for tenants to refuse entry that I can't really understand why your property manager is worried. If it's a good property and priced right, it should lease, regardless of whether inspections start now or within the last 14 days.
I haven't read any replies. I think you are in the right and the real estate are pigs... But in the big scheme of things does it really matter that someone is looking at your house 20 days out as opposed to 14? If I was moving out I would probably be inclined to give a little when it comes to letting potential tenants have a look: create goodwill for the final inspection and all.
As I said you are in the right but calling up and canceling an open inspection the day before is a bit short notice. The real estate would be losing advertising money...
Keep on top of things to make sure you get your bond back (don't let them pull a swifty).
Bottom line renting sux!
As I had said earlier, I would have never let anyone through my home until the correct time given by law. It's not my responsibility to get the house re-leased. 2 weeks while I'm trying to move out is plenty of time imo as places get leased out within a couple of days of the open inspection. But then again the house were in did have trouble getting rented out, and they've put the price up, so I'm guessing thats why they threw a hissy fit. I doubt they've lost money on advertising, the house is up on the net, theres a board outside our house and they had an open last saturday that no one turned up to.
Yeah I understand it wasnt in good taste to cancel at the last minute but I wouldnt have done it if they had done the right thing on their side. They know what they were doing was wrong but used my ignorance to get around it. I guess I feel like I've been taken for a ride and am quite annoyed by it, I thought the company was fantastic ad our PM was great- until now. I have no respect for them now.
I will be sure to make sure I receive the bond back, and will fight for it back if they try to do anything dodgy. Our house is in near perfect condition, apart from minor wear and tear from condensation marks on a wall in the bathroom which they know about (which I believe they will try and get us on), we've always kept the fan on and window open to avoid it getting worse. But there is no damage to the property and the gardens are neat and tidy. (even though all the grass was dead out the back and as tall as my knees, and the front was full of weeds when we moved in!).
I actually don't think they have taken you for a ride or really done anything wrong. They asked for an inspection and you said yes? Did they tell you that you had to allow this to happen or did they just ask and you said yes?
This is no reason for them to keep your bond either.
The legal minimum time they can give you to show prospective tenants is 14 days but with your permission they can show it anytime - I also don't think they were being shady just asking if they could do an inspection earlier and you originally said yes?
It is not cheap putting properties the net , most sites charge monthly ( some weekly) plus for lease signs, brochures ect so yes they would be spending money on advertising ( or at least charging the owner !)
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