An open house may occur when a property is put up for sale, or rent, and prospective buyers or tenants view the property during a specific advertised period.
An open house can only be held if the tenant agrees in writing.
Some tenants may agree to an open house to avoid multiple individual entries.
Photos used to market the property (e.g. on the ‘for sale/rent’ signs or the internet) should not show the tenant’s possessions unless they agree in writing.
Open house entry rules
If the tenant agrees to an open house, the property manager/owner should negotiate a suitable time. The property manager/owner should try to minimise any disruption to the tenant's quiet enjoyment of the property.
Entry must be at a reasonable time and, unless the tenant agrees, must not be on:
- Sundays or public holidays
- any other day before 8am or after 6pm
The property manager/owner must also give the tenant an Entry notice (Form 9) giving at least 24 hours’ notice of the open house.
A reasonable time must have passed before another open house can be held.
For all other viewings, an entry notice must be given for each entry. Entry must be at a reasonable time and, unless the tenant agrees, must not be on Sundays or public holidays, or any other day before 8am or after 6pm.