New York, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: I rent in Ohio in a level 3 covid area. Can i stop my landlord from showing the house during a pandemic?

After renting a house for 8 years in perfect standing, my landlord decides he wants to sell the house i'm in during this pandemic. I and other members of my family have underlining health conditions that makes covid-19 more dangerous. Like i said i live in Erie county Ohio which is currently at a level 3 Public Emergency Very high exposure and spread. I do not want any unnecessary possible exposure.

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

A: Ohio law allows landlord to show prospective tenants or buyers after giving reasonable notice to a tenant. That law has not been amended for the pandemic. If you refuse entry, the landlord could try to evict you. But landlord is not allowed to force entry to show the house. Tell the landlord you will not allow entry. Offer to provide photos, or work something out.

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