Property managers and landlords like to fill a space as soon as possible once a current tenant decided to leave or not renew their lease. It just makes sense—the faster you can get someone new to move in, the faster you can get the next rent check for the space. To make the move-out-move-in process more seamless, property managers will often schedule showings and allow potential tenants to go into and observe the space currently being used by another. When this happens to you, as either a current or a potential tenant, it’s best to know the right way to respond and act.
If you are a current tenant, you likely have the full authority to deny the property manager’s request and not allow a stranger to enter the property you pay for. However, if you are open to a showing and willing to present your space, it is best to keep things neat and tidy to make a good impression on the potential tenant.
If you are a potential tenant going to check out a space, make sure to have questions for the current tenant in the case they are present. They can answer questions about problems or space idiosyncrasies that the property manager might not know about or want to divulge. Be sure to act courteously and treat the space will the utmost respect. Don’t touch or move any items that belong to the current tenant without their permission. And try to keep your visit on the short side—best not to impose too much. And always thank the current tenant for their hospitality and for allowing you to visit.