Renting and the law: What is "reasonable notice” before a showing?

  • by: KELLY KLEIN
  • Updated: November 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Q: My husband and I live in the upper half of a duplex in Minneapolis. The duplex has been for sale for several months, so we’ve been dealing with potential buyers coming through our place for a while. It hasn’t been that big of a deal until last week. When we got home from work, we discovered a message that had been left on our answering machine at 10 a.m. saying the Realtor was going to show the house at 2 that afternoon. Since neither of us work from home, and we were already at our jobs, we had no idea there was going to be a showing at our place that day. The Realtor has my work telephone number, but did not bother to contact me at work. Although there is a clause in our lease regarding the times that the unit can be shown, isn’t the owner still required to give us 24-hour notice? Does this same law that applies to landlords regarding notice also apply to their real estate agents? We really feel our right to privacy has been violated. I would appreciate any information you could give me on this.

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