Marietta, OH asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: Do I have to allow inspectors into my apartment during COVID19 if they are from a highly infested area?

I am a disabled 65-yr old with multiple health issues that make my chance of surviving COVID highly unlikely, living in a county with 135 cases of COVID. Inspectors from Columbus, which has the highest number of cases and deaths in Ohio, are planning to walk through my apartment. Am I required by law to let them into my safe sanctuary? Can I be evicted for refusing access?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Landlord is allowed by law to inspect after giving reasonable notice. But if you refuse entry, there is not much landlord can do about it. Landlord could call the police, but are unlikely to force you to let landlord enter. If landlord tries to force his way in, call the police. If you refuse entry, landlord could file to evict you. But that would take months, and the judge might be sympathetic to your situation and dismiss it. Advise landlord of your health status and that you will not allow entry. Offer to send photos to landlord of your apartment instead. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to deal with landlord and advise landlord you will seek an injunction to prevent entry.

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