We have just found out by accident that the real estate agents that sold our house has given the purchaser access to the house, before the final settlement. We live in a different state to the house that was sold. There was a 4-month settlement. Friends have been keeping an eye on the property for us. Today, they visited and found the security lights we had in place had been taken out, curtains opened. Also, the carpets and oven have been cleaned. As it is going to be a rental property there have also been potential tenants shown through. We gave permission for only one couple to be given access for a walk through. Our worry is if there was a break in before settlement, even though we have insurance it could hold up the settlement. Apart from that, what are our legal property rights? We have never given permission to the real estate company for any of this.