Q: Im renting in ohio. An i allowed to deny a house showing if the realtor doesn't give me a 24 hr notice?
I'm technically in Lorain County. My landlord is cool but the realtor is now getting angry with my bf and I cause we were out of town for a showing that he failed to give a 24hr notice for. He's done it multiple times now and we have pets. What drew the line for him is when we refuse to leave our house key in the box in between the showings. He threatened to call our landlord but thankfully he was on our side. I just want to legally know how to approach this cause I feel like the realtor is trying to take advantage of our landlord rights and laws
A: The realtor has no legal rights and cannot require you to do anything. You don't even have to talk to him if you don't want to. You certainly don't have to leave the key in the box. Ohio law requires a landlord to give reasonable (24 hour) notice of having someone come in for an inspection or showing, but even then, if the tenant refuses, the landlord can't do much about it. A landlord could file an eviction if the situation got bad enough. So talk to the landlord and tell him that he needs to talk to the agent and straighten him out.
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