Can a landlord use information you gave them against you when you are trying to get into another landlord’s property?

For instance, if you had house sprayed for bedbugs, can the then tell other prospective landlords that?

Asked on June 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that information is the truth, yes, they may tell other prospective landlords that: there is nothing inherently confidential about the fact that you had a house sprayed for bedbugs, and the law does not prevent people from disclosing non-confidential information. If the information is false, then you may be able to sue them for defamation, since it would be a false statement of fact which could tend to damage your reputation and/or cause you some loss or damage (not getting a rental you wanted).

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