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My landlord is selling Duplex asked me to leave during the open houses?

Have lived here for 3 years, have a active lease that we follow , never late with rent.
landlady is selling the place and that is fine, but she left us a message saying when the realtor shows the place to possible buyers that us and our pets must leave the property??
can she legally do that? Can we refuse? what can the landlord do if we refuse?
  • October 11 2013 - Pulaski
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Hey Kelly - Here in Wisconsin, the landlord cannot demand that you vacate.  She can certainly ask, but you do not have to comply.  Refer her to WIS Statute 704 or ATCP 134 - she may also consult the Wis Landlord/Tenant Handbook - in most libraries.  You should be very careful about minimizing any safety hazards (dogs) as you could be help libel
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Nope, your landlord cannot require you to leave or to take out your pets for showings. You cannot refuse reasonable showings in my state, but you are guaranteed enjoyment and full use of the property that you are renting even if it is put up for sale.

Try to be reasonable. Talk to your landlord about the fact that you will not be able to leave your house for each showing, but that you would be willing to contain pets in one room or the garage for everyone's safety/comfort with advance notice.

Consider setting days or times for showings like Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9-12 by appointment with notice so you have some stability and the agent will not be tromping people through unannounced. Wisconsin law requires landlords give 12 hours advance notice unless you agree otherwise. However, notice to enter does not require that you leave when they enter.

Put the showing agreement in writing so everyone is on the same page. Some agents overstep tenants so having advance agreement can help make things smoother once showings start.

Landlords who have tenants in place sometimes forget that the tenant has rights and needs. Setting the ground rules in advance and being reasonable about providing access can make things easier for everyone.
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In my state, she can't do that.   Ask her about compensation for lack of quiet enjoyment of your property. 
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