Medford, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: We are renting a house in Medford. Is our landlord required to mask before entering. We have at risk people. Thank you

Any law to point to or information that helps would be great. We are fine with them entering to inspect but we want to be safe.

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2 Lawyer Answers
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Yes, you can ask that your landlord wear a mask to complete the inspection of the property. Please note that your landlord has a right to access the property as long as a landlord does not abuse the right of access or use it to harass you. Please note as a tenant you cannot unreasonably withhold consent from the landlord to enter the property as well. Please note that the at risk people and/ or yourself do not have to be on the property at the time your landlord inspects the property as well. However, if you unsure or have questions you can call a landlord tenant attorney for a consultation.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: I know of no law that requires a landlord to wear a mask while entering your home. That said, you absolutely have a right to require him and all with him to do so as a condition of entry during Covid times. I do not believe any Judge would consider that to be unreasonable and as Ms. Goodman points out, a tenant may deny entry so long as they do not do so unreasonably. Further, while you do not have to be present when the landlord enters, you have an absolute right to be there while others are in your home. If they show and fail to wear a mask, or take it off inside your home, tell them to put it on or tell them to leave. If they refuse to do either, call the police. It is your house and they have to obey all reasonable rules just like anyone else visiting your place.

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