In Oregon. My roommate gave notice to the landlord and moved out 2 days later. He is paid up on rent. He is now telling me he's having guests over but, has no personal property here and no reason to be here other than he paid. I am concerned about the safety of the house, my pets, my property, and myself. Can I change the locks to keep him from re- entering since he has abandoned the property?
IF he truly restored possession to you and/or the landlord, then he is out - with no right to re-enter, let alone entertain guests there. If he failed to give notice, then he owes 30 days further rent but that does not allow him to come and go as he wishes once he is out. As for changing locks, many leases prohibit that without a landlord's permission. At a minimum, you are likely to need to immediately provide a key to the new locks to the landlord.
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