If a property is sold by owner, do you have to pay a property manager a commission on that sell for allowing the buyer access to the home in your absence?
Question Details: I owned a rental property for several years and utilized a property manager. Several months ago I found a person who was interested in buying the property and had them contact the property manager so they could arrange a date and time to view the home because we had a renter residing in the home at the time. The potential buyer met the property manager at the home, viewed the home, and verbalized to me afterward that they may be interested in buying the property when the renters lease was up but not at that time. Fast forward 8 months, I've maintained regular contact with the buyer in the interim and showed the home again to the buyer and their spouse myself after the renter had vacated the premises. They have now purchased the property. I received an email from my previous property manager stating that she is also a licensed real estate agent and feels that because she showed the house to the buyers 8 months ago she is entitled to a commission. At no time did I sign a listing contract with this individual and my only business relationship involved her managing my rental property and that relationship ended when the renter left a few months ago. Legally, do I owe this person a commission?
It depends on what your property management agreement with her stated. If it did not provide for a commission for her if she helped show/sell the house, she is not entitled to one: she showed the house as part of her property management job/duties. But sometimes these agreements do provide for a commission if the manager (if the manager is a realtor) helps sell or show the building; therefore, check what you have agreed to, to see is she is entitled to a commission.