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Can I directly talk a current property resident about their experience with the rental home?

I have had some rental properties that were good and bad and most of the time I can't get the truth from the owners or property management companies. I never find out about issues with the property until I move in...then its too late. If someone is currently living at the residence, can I knock on the door and ask questions?
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"You as a potential buyer can knock on the door and talk to the tenant, however, once you are represented by a real estate agent, you're not supposed to,"

Says who? You are a prospective tenant not your agent's child. If finding out information directly is what you feel the need to do, then do it. If your agent objects, there are others who won't.
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June 05
You as a potential buyer can knock on the door and talk to the tenant, however, once you are represented by a real estate agent, you're not supposed to, and your agent is forbidden..  Also, it's very likely that the tenant might not favor the property transferring, so they will intentionally talk bad about the property in hopes to discourage you from purchasing..  if your concerned about property conditions, then hire a home inspector.. impartial, independent inspection with nothing but the facts!!.. 

Feel free to reach out to me via my profile if you have any additional questions or concerns.  William J. Acres,[Self promotion removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy.]

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June 05
Definitely!  Tenants, neighbors, and others who live and work in the neighborhood often have great information to offer.  Don't be afraid to knock on a few doors, strike up a conversation or walk around the block on a nice afternoon or Saturday morning.  I often suggest coming back on a Friday or Saturday night to make sure you feel comfortable in your potential new neighborhood as well.  

 Your detective work might pay off with some great information for you!!!
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June 03
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Yes, you can. Most tenants I've met would be happy to share their good or bad experiences with a friendly and thankful prospective tenant as long as you approach them respectfully at a time that is not inconvenient.

People often talk about nightmare tenants, but landlords/management companies come in the nightmare variety too. Knock on the door and see if the current tenants would be willing to give you a thumbnail of their experience, but do not ask to come inside to look around. That would be crossing the creepy line IMHO.
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May 28

One of the rights a tenant enjoys that comes with the lease is the right to not be pestered.

If the house is currently in the market when you make an appointment to see the house ask to also speak to the tenant at that time. You might get a yes or you might get a no. You make your own choice





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May 28
You can always ask the neighbors and get their input, keep in mind though that sometimes there experience is not always the norm. You may talk to one tenant and get their opinion, which could have been a horrible experience, however everyone else could have had a great experience.

So if you feel safe doing so, you should ask a few.
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May 28
Do you mean that you have had problems with the condition of the home?  You could ask the landlord and/or property manager to provide you with a Residential Lease Owner's Disclosure Statement that details all the information that the owner of the property has.  
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April 21
A direct conversation is always an option if you feel safe and comfortable doing so. I have had a number of clients strike up conversations with neighbors or current tenants and ask questions about properties and management companies.
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