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To expect this NOT to happen when viewing a house for sale..

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Kateykrunch Sat 12-Aug-17 13:44:17

We are bungalow hunting, were were told by the Estate Agent that as the property had a tenant in and due to there being a lot of interest they would do a mass viewing this morning at 11am. When we got there, there were around 20 other people milling around on the driveway. The rep let everyone inside and around the exterior of the property. We went inside, into the lounge where a man and woman were sat on the sofa and chair, the woman was holding a little dog, she said the dog was a little scared of all the people, obviously they were the tenants, I thought, I wonder why they didnt just go out for an hour. We continued our look around, my hubby poked his head into a bedroom and someone said to him, its okay, you can come in and look round! (She was naked on the bed lol, she wasn't I just couldn't resist sorry). As I was about to enter, hubby is scuttling out and says, there is someone in bed, to which the voice says, its okay come and look round, I am just poorly!, I didnt go in, I thought it really inappropriate and on leaving, I said to the rep. there is someone ill in bed in that room, he said, yes I know, she has Cancer! I can see now that that is why the tenants may not have gone out. If the viewings needed to go ahead rather than being cancelled, I think it would have been acceptable to just explain that, that room was off limits at that time. I really can't quite believe it.

maryeliza54 Tue 15-Aug-17 10:24:00

I'd assumed from the OP that the house was up for sale not renting again. But either way...

merlin Tue 15-Aug-17 10:31:26

Without knowing the full circumstances we do not have a right to judge. I have to sell a tenanted property and the letting agent had a full and frank discussion with the tenant who had the choice to leave after his notice period or stay until the property is sold. His choice is to stay unless he finds somewhere before it is sold but he does not intend to start looking until we have accepted an offer. Viewings will be arranged to suit him. My preference is to sell the property once it is empty but if he wants to stay during the marketing process I accept his choice.

luluaugust Tue 15-Aug-17 10:31:38

When we came to view our present home the son of the house was asleep in the back bedroom , the owner invited us to peer into the room, curtains drawn, which seemed to be very black. When we moved in we found it was took quite a lot of repainting!

4Fatsausages Tue 15-Aug-17 11:04:10

I have some properties, and was speaking to an estate agent a few week's ago where a landlord had died. He the agent had to go and tell the tenant's of 30 year's that their home must be sold. I felt so sad for tenant's and also for the agent who had to pass the news on.

SillyNanny321 Tue 15-Aug-17 11:04:24

The Landlord of my rented property has so far (8 years +) been a good landlord but even though a years contract is signed eviction in 2months is still a fear that every renter is very worried about. Having rented some years ago a property where the Landlady decided to visit without warning at 10pm & could not understand why the front door was locked so that she could not enter. At the time she threatened us with eviction as she wanted to get into the property. She was a very strange person & we moved as soon as we could as she kept threatening to sell saying prospective buyers would be shown round whether we liked it or not & we could 'get out'. We did - fast! So i can feel for the tenants in that bungalow but this is something that tenants have to put up with regardless. There is no security in renting even with a years contract! Good luck in the next viewing you undertake!

Eloethan Tue 15-Aug-17 11:22:59

These mass viewings are done to generate a feeling of panic - so many people seem to be interested in this property - there must be a dearth of suitable properties so we'd better put in an offer. Having said that, I think I read that bungalows and short in supply and high in demand.

In this particular case, it seems pretty horrible that someone who is seriously ill is having to put up with this level of intrusion.

DeeWBW Tue 15-Aug-17 11:42:51

What does AIBU stand for, please?

maryeliza54 Tue 15-Aug-17 11:44:44

Am I being Unreasonable

Riverwalk Tue 15-Aug-17 11:50:36

Eloethan you're right about bungalows.

I know of someone in the West Midlands who put hers up for sale last week with a local agent - the next day the first person who came through the door (single, not mass viewing) offered the full asking price, there and then.

Craftycat Tue 15-Aug-17 12:25:34

I was an Estate Agent for many years & you would not believe the number of times I was doing a viewing during the day & found a family member in bed ! Usually a teenage lad a having a sneaky day off school.
I am really not a fan of agent viewing TBH as the only person to give you full info on property is the owner but a lot of people like agents to do the viewings even if they have to go out to allow you to do it.
I do remember one memorable morning when our manager went to do a valuation & came back 10 mins later in a real panic. When he got to the house- a bit out of the way in the country- the door was opened by a young (ish) lady wearing very little. She invited him in to do the valuation with a very obvious message . He 'suddenly remembered he had left his tape measure machine at the office' & dashed back to beg one of us to come back with him. Needless to say we all refused & sent him back there terrified while we fell about laughing. He did manage to get out on one piece but I understand it was a close thing & we never got the instruction. We did say he could have laid back & thought of England as it a very 'desirable residence'.
It was a great job & I'm going to write the book one day!

Tessa101 Tue 15-Aug-17 12:30:35

What an awful situation, poor you to have to witness that. Also the poor sick person, where was the compassion.

Teddy123 Tue 15-Aug-17 14:20:29

On the other hand, it could be that the tenants wish to leave the property and it was therefore an opportune time for the landlord to sell.

There's always two sides to a story.

I've been a landlord and the seemingly good tenants on paper turned out to be absolute nightmares! From a brothel to a drug den and I'm not exaggerating. Happiest day of my life when we sold up!

But in the property you mention the current tenants might have requested a mass viewing as opposed to constant viewings on a daily basis.

So hard to judge in this case .....

Margs Tue 15-Aug-17 14:41:35

Good grief, KateyKrunch! You must have felt shell-shocked after an experience like that. And the people actually in situ at the time must have felt like exhibits in a zoo.

And whoever the nit was who organised the viewing "en masse" needs a crash course in people skills and diplomacy.

Not to mention some common sense......

grandMattie Tue 15-Aug-17 16:24:57

Isn't it interesting that "landlord" means house owner and letter out, and "landlady" has connotations of seaside dragons? confused

maryeliza54 Tue 15-Aug-17 17:00:46

But you know even if the tenants were happy with the arrangement, the viewers were not necessarily and if you are trying to sell, wouldn't you want viewers to feel comfortable and explain the situation to them beforehand? And if you were a viewer, would you like this?

FarNorth Wed 16-Aug-17 10:32:05

The woman with cancer may have felt that she was dealing with the situation in the best way she could, by getting the viewings over with and by not preventing anyone from seeing all of the house.
She was not the one who announced that she had cancer.

She may have expected the house-viewers to treat her as a normal human being, and maybe some of them did.

Kennedy Thu 17-Aug-17 09:45:29

That is by far the worst story in house viewing I've ever heard. It's hard to believe that an Estate agent would agree to allow people to roam around a house where someone is in bed sick. Very in appropriate.