Myself and my partner will be moving out of our current property after finding out a few weeks ago that our landlords are selling up, our contract is due to end early December.
With regards to people viewing the property, my partner recieved a call from the estate agents yesterday morning asking to book a viewing for Saturday morning. I work as a registered nurse and work with elderly/vulnerable adults and I work night shifts. My partner explained that I will be working a night shift on Friday night. The estate agents asked my partner what time I get home (which is around 9am). They then asked if they could come at 9am on Saturday morning, but my partner explained that I need to sleep (I work 12 hour shifts 5/6 days a week) so she then said “well can we come at 11 instead?” To which my partner again explained that two hours isn’t sufficient time for me to sleep.
Myself and my partner had a discussion last night and emailed the estate agents asking them to forward to our landlords (the estate agents won’t give us their contact details so we have always had to go via estate agents) and in the email we said that we do not feel comfortable having people viewing the property whilst we are still living there, the main reason being because of covid-19 and the fact that I work with vulnerable adults and if I get covid or my partner gets covid we don’t get paid, which in turn means we would be unable to pay our rent. The agents said that people would wear masks and take off their shoes, but from my personal experience when viewing properties, estate agents mostly let people roam around the house and ask to meet outside once they’ve had a look, but I’m not comfortable with that as we still live here and still have all of our possessions in the house, people could be touching handles and opening cupboards, coughing/ sneezing etc. Neither of us have the time to keep cleaning the house constantly after every viewing. Because I work nights and long hours, the time I do have off I am usually exhausted and because we only found out a few weeks ago we are being evicted, the time we both have off we now are using to pack up our belongings. We are not trying to be difficult and if covid was not around we would welcome people to view the house (as long as it was late afternoon/ early evening as I need to sleep during the day).
The estate agents said that they would be helping us in finding a new property, which they have not. The sooner we go, the sooner our landlords will have the chance to book as many viewings as possible. We had the estate agents take photos and record a video of the property last weekend and we are aware that other people have also refused potential buyers into their rentals because of covid (with the same estate agents too). How would you act if you were in our shoes? Do we sound completely unreasonable or can people see where we’re coming from? Please help