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Diane73

Registered: 10/09/09
Posts: 3
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Hello everyone!!

A very good friend of mine is selling her 3 family home in CT, and is having a problem with one of his tenants. Since the home has been up for sale, the one tenant, WILL NOT let them into the apartment to show it. One floor is vacant, and the other is also occupied, but they have no issue with letting anyone in. Does he need to evict to show this Apartment?? He has has many, many people come to look, but with being able to get in there no one is making a offer??? Can ya all help??

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OHlandlord

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 3,532
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CT law requires reasonable notice to be able to enter the property.  Their law states that entering to show the unit to prospective tenants and buyers is a legit reason.  He should give the tenant at least 24 hours notice in writing to enter the unit for purpose of showing it.  Just give a date and time that the showing will be.  Don't ask for permission.  State that the tenant need not be present for this.  Then, unless the tenant calls and refuses entry,  show up with the key and go in.  If the tenant blocks their path and refuses entry, get a written statement of such from the person who came to view it.  (Maybe do this with a "test", a friend that can act as a buyer to see if he will protest.) 

Then there are 4 options: 
1.  Speak to the tenant and find out what his objections are.  Does he know that his lease will continue on with only a change in LL?  That he will not be asked to leave?  That his lease does not terminate upon sale?   See if his unreasonable fears can be eased.
2.  Send the tenant a sternly worded letter quoting CT law , " Sec. 47a-16. When landlord may enter rented unit. (a) A tenant shall not unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord to enter into the dwelling unit in order to inspect the premises, make necessary or agreed to repairs, alterations or improvements, supply necessary or agreed to services or exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workmen or contractors."  Emphasize that his refusal to allow entry to show the unit is unreasonable and that further action can be taken if he refuses to cooperate.
3.  Take further action.  Ask the court for a court order to compel the tenant's cooperation in showing the unit.       OR
4.  Send notice to the tenant that his lease will be terminated and he will be removed from the unit if he fails to cooperate.  Then follow through.

rkkeller

Registered: 04/07/08
Posts: 753
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Send or call 24 hours in advance and just go in. Make the time for when you know they will not be there.
Diane73

Registered: 10/09/09
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #4 
Thank you for your help... I have passed along the info. I do believe that eviction might be they way they have to go, this woman is being very difficult!

Thanks again
Diane
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