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showing our apartment

Posted by JD on August 30, 1999 at 12:09:30:

Here's the situation: Our LL/owner originally told us that we had to move out
b/c she was selling each apt. individually. Then she offered to let us keep the
lease at the same price on the condition that she (well, realtors) be allowed
to show the apartment. During the initial conversation, she said that the realtors
would have to make appointments at our convenience (there are 3 people in the
apartment). At this point, however, the realtors are only required to give us
a 24 hour notice--in person on the phone (they can't just leave a message),
and then they can show up. When I asked the LL how this was supposed to be "at
our convenience", I was told that the 24 hours gives us time to prepare for the
realtor to come over. Most of the realtors have the attitude that they should
be able to come over whenever they need to; I even had one woman tell me, "Look,
I have the key to your home--what's the problem? You're at work anyway..." So
here's my problem: It is in the new lease that realtors will be showing our apt.
by appointment only, with 24 hours notice. Is it unreasonable to ask my LL for
some sort of insurance for the contents of our apt.--given that no less than 5
realty firms in Brooklyn have keys to our place and a disrespectful attitude toward
the 24 hour appointment policy? How do we know people aren't coming over in the
middle of the day without an appointment? Can this be considered an invasion of
privacy? Are there any laws I should be aware of?

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