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Break lease over ‘open houses’?

Rent it Right

Q: My son and his wife are three months into a one-year lease of a condo. Recently, the owners announced that they are selling the unit, and the agent has scheduled open houses two Sundays a month. The agent also advised them that he would show the unit on 24 hours' notice. My son and his wife have a baby, a dog and a cat, and my son works at home, which often involves participating in international calls that are set up weeks in advance. Expecting them to vacate two Sundays a month, and to be gone on one day's notice, is not only inconvenient, it seriously interferes with my son's ability to make a living. My son has offered to move out, but they won't let him out of the lease. --Maria K. A: There's no doubt that having to put up with showings is one of the drawbacks of being a renter. Most of the time, you're accommodating a landlord who wants to rent the place right after you leave, but sometimes, as your son knows, the interruptions are for buyers.If the market is sof...