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TREC wants to clear up any confusion about the recently adopted amendments regarding unescorted access to vacant rental property in TREC Rule 535.4.

Here are some key points to understand:

  1. Allowing unescorted access is not mandatory and an owner or property manager does not have to allow it. This purely voluntary practice was requested by experienced managers. 
  2. This only applies to vacant property offered for lease and not residential “for sale” listings.
  3. The property owner must give written permission authorizing the property manager to allow controlled unescorted access by identified parties to vacant lease property.  
  4. That same written permission must indicate who will be responsible for any damages to the property due to the unescorted access.
  5. Who is responsible for damages is a negotiable item between the property manager and the property owner.
Make sure you take the time to read and understand this rule and all of our rules to stay in compliance.