But it is a tightrope. You want them to have it look presentable and not deter people. So working with them is best.
I work with a lot of multi-units and come across this issue every week. It's not difficult, but considering a large chunk of this profession would fail a GED test, it's not surprising.
Establish set days and times that you will show. And make sure the tenant (s) is ok with that. Always give them 48 hour notice (24 absolute minimum) that somebody is coming. Do not confirm the showing until the tenant has confirmed with you. Most lockbox style showings turn up tenants who say nobody ever told them. Implore the showing agent to return everything the way they found it and keep their buyers out of the underwear drawers.
Bring the tenants a treat once in awhile. Some candy or a massage. Whatever. They are doing your job for you. The audacity of many listing agents to collect a 3% commission without physically showing up at the property AND not even having the decency to establish positive relationships with tenants is appalling.
If the tenants are difficult, consider buying them a sausage pizza and a free REALTOR sweatshirt. Proven winners.
We generally have good relationships with our tenants and owners alike, and don't usually have much of a concern with showings while tenants are in place.
I would recommend that you negotiate a one day or one weekend Open House for buyers to see the house and possibly offer the tenants some cash for their inconvenience. Pre-advertise the "event" and hopefully you will have a good selection of possible buyers. Make it a win - win as much as possible and then everyone will be happy.
Restricting or limiting access can also help to get the house sold because it will force buyers to see the house during those times or miss the opportunity. Market it and get it Sold.
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If the current lease is in force and everything is good standing with your tenant you should have no problem selling your property. The purchaser has to agree to the terms of the lease in force or you must gain the cooperation of the tenant at the time of sale to buy out the lease if the new owners want immediate possession at closing. The key is maintain good relationship and open communication with the tenant and make sure anyone showing the property has given ample notice remembering they are entering the tenantsâ€™ home.
If you have a hostile tenant it can be very very difficult. I have experienced this. The tenant can through up all kinds of obstacles to you being able to show as well as obtain photos of the interior of the property. If the current tenant is not paying rent, give the tenant the proper notices and I personally would hire an attorney that specializes in evictions. Remember a tenant not paying rent has no respect for your property. Take the proper steps to rectify any issues.
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