Reader Question: 

“I’ve cared for my rental, but I’m moving to a new rental. Why do I have to put up with an agent running prospective new tenants through the property, while I’m still living in it? ” 

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William asks, “I’m currently moving to a new rental unit. I’ve spent more than $800 on my present rental – I’ve cared for my rental. So why do I have to put up with an agent running prospective new tenants through, while I’m still living in this property?”

We asked Director of Metro Property Management, Leah Calnan for her advice on this question:

“Hi William, in Victoria the legislation allows your property manager to show prospective tenants through the last 14 days of your 28 day notice period,” Leah said.

“In my experience, this is usually the most inconvenient time for you as you will be busy packing and organising yourself for the move. Furthermore, prospective tenants often find it challenging to look past boxes and packing to really determine if the property is going to be suitable for them.”

Leah encouraged anyone experiencing this situation to offer their property manager the opportunity to conduct an open, or show a couple of prospective tenants through during the first 14 days of your notice period.

“During that inspection, your property manager can also let you know if there are any items that may be raised as an issue at the final inspection,” she said.

“When the process runs well, it’s a win win for all parties.”

Happy moving!

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Leah Calnan
Leah Calnan

Leah Calnan was the President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) between 2020-2021. Before stepping into the president role, she was the Director at Metro Property Management in Surrey Hills, Victoria. She is the author of Simple and Successful Property Management. Leah has received multiple honours and awards, including REB Property Manager of the Year 2016 and 2014, and finalist in the REIV Property Manager of the Year 2013 and 2012.


  1. Can a property owner take pictures of the house contents that you own to help them sell their property? Basically using your furniture as staging.

    • Hi Ben,

      Your landlord may want photographs of the property to be taken if they’re planning to sell, which is quite normal, but you’re within your rights to request that you accompany the landlord (and/or photographer) when they come to your home.

      We’d suggest you remove any valuable items before the photographer comes. You don’t want to be advertising an expensive home theatre system with your address, just in case.

      Contact your agent/landlord specific to your lease and contract – and if this doesn’t get you anywhere, get in touch with the tenancy body or department of consumer affairs that looks after your state/territory.