Q: Is it legal to deny inspection to an equity group/ brokerage firm if it puts me at risk for Covid-19?
My landlord has seen my apartment and says it looks great, In my lease agreement which is month to month, he's allowed me to reside in an apartment I am remodeling in exchange for 1/2 rent. I am not working due to an injury and also have preexisting medical conditions that place me as high risk to contract covid-19. My wife is an assisted living worker, gets tested weekly to avoid transmission to the elderly at her work. I believe it's within my rights to refuse the inspection until the pandemic is over or a virtual tour is offered. Is this law eligible with my circumstances? ORS 90.322(1)(f)
A: Ultimately it would be up to a Judge. That said, you have no right to deny entry to a landlord or their agent on a blanket basis. You do have a right to require all those who enter to wear a mask and be gloved, and to maintain at least 6' social distancing. With those restrictions in place, I believe it likely that a Judge would order you to allow them entry - indeed I have had one Judge in Clackamas County order precisely that.
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