Long Beach, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: My landlord wants to inspect the house, can we deny entry to her for fear of covid?

There's a new born baby at the house and a new mom that cant get the vaccine so we don't feel safe letting her in at this time.

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Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The answer to your question is going to be governed by Civil Code section 1954, along with a careful analysis of the facts. First, read Civil Code section 1954. It discusses specifically the situations under which a landlord can enter the rental premises. If the "inspection" your landlord wants to do is just a general inspection, then you do not have to let them in without a court order. That is because "inspection" is not listed in that section. However, a lot of other situations which are allowed could be described as "inspections", so you need to get a handle on that. If it IS a reason allowed under the code section, you can still refuse entry, but you may end up in court or even face eviction. You could also go to court yourself to have the landlord kept out. If you don't feel comfortable doing the legal analysis, or are not sure what to do once you have done it, check with a tenants' rights organization or attorney.

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