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Within 2 weeks, two friends told me this same issue. Both own multiple properties and drives Segment D cars. Briefly, both are rich enough to have no rental for a few months. One of the unit is in Klang and another one is in Damansara. One had coffee with me and another Whatsapped me. Both said, ‘I wanted to sell my unit and I engaged agents. My agent found buyers who wants to view the unit BUT my current tenant is always busy, not around or in hometown.’ What can I do? These are the options they have in their mind. “Should I give incentives to the tenant if the unit is sold? Should I ask the tenant NICELY to let the buyers view? Should I move them out?”

Frankly, stop being sen wise and ringgit foolish. We are about to sell the unit and we are about to take a profit (if loss… why sell?), please give the current tenant enough notice. Please respect them since they have been paying us rental which covers our mortgage for a long time! Giving incentives to the tenant so that they will always be home for the viewing? The tenant will think this is a trick or the owner is really trying to trick the tenant? By the way, what is the incentive, should there be a negotiation? A written documentation? Seriously? When will the payment be? After the deal is concluded? After the key handover? Who will follow up? Are we really seriously thinking about all these?

Asking the tenant nicely works too but if this had worked earlier, why do we need to ask again…NICELY? The tenant will continue to live and will not start looking for a new place to rent because it is troublesome. Unless they are already compelled through notice, why bother at all? If I am the tenant, I will not want to waste time looking for a new place until it is really needed? Come on, spending hours of my precious weekend time in viewing another unit to rent? Then, if I found, should I move? What if my owner tells me that he does not accept my short notice period? There’s just too many issues lah. As a tenant, I also hope my unit owner is professional enough and give me the notice and after I move out, he can bring buyers to view every day. This is NOT the fault of the tenant and there are no regulations requiring tenants to wait at home for buyers to view the unit. Happy understanding.

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written on 13 March 2019

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