Do I have to give my landlord information about my health?
There have been reports of landlords and property managers asking residents if anyone in their household:
- has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- has symptoms of COVID-19
- might have been exposed to the virus
- recently returned from travel
Landlords might want this information because they have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for tenants.
But tenants probably don’t have to answer these questions. The law generally protects the privacy of personal health information. And landlords can probably meet their responsibilities without knowing tenants’ health information.
As a tenant, you have to follow public health directives and emergency orders about physical distancing and self-isolation. It’s not your landlord’s job to enforce these rules, but they could report you to the police or public health if they think you are breaking the rules.
A landlord can also take other action against a tenant who does something illegal or who risks the health and safety of other tenants or the landlord.
In extreme cases, a landlord might give you an . But they can’t you just for refusing to answer their questions. The eviction must be based on an actual safety issue or illegal conduct. This could include not following public health or government rules about self-isolating.