Columbus, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: I am 4 months pregnant, and at higher risk/more susceptible to covid19, but my landlord is showing the house I'm renting

I've told him my concerns (that I don't want strangers in my house during the pandemic) and we're leaving the premises in 43 days. He's unwilling to show the house virtually as well. What can I do? I'm scared for my well-being and that of my unborn child.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Ohio law allows landlord to show to prospective renters by giving 24 hours notice. But the law does not specify a penalty for tenant if tenant refuses. If tenant refuses, landlord could file to evict tenant. It is unlikely that the eviction process can be completed in 43 days, as the landlord would have to give you 30 days written notice before filing the eviction, which would then take a few more weeks. Tell landlord that. If landlord enters anyway, call the police.

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