The Indiana Attorney General's Office wants renters to know their rights. The Attorney General's Office today (Tuesday) reports knowing your rights from the beginning can help one avoid any unnecessary problems in the future.
Indiana’s landlord/tenant law includes the following:
- Safe, Clean, Habitable - The landlord must comply with all building and health codes.
- Upkeep - The landlord must provide heat, water and appliances.
- Privacy - A landlord must give advanced notice before they enter your dwelling, unless it is an emergency such as a fire.
- Access to the Property – You have the right to enter your rental property at all times.
- Maintenance of Common Areas – Landlords have a duty to maintain common areas throughout rental premises.
- Deposit – A tenant has the right to have his security deposit returned if the rental property is returned to the landlord in good order.
- Right to Legal Action – A tenant has the right to legal action if a landlord neglects his duties and is creating uninhabitable premises.
- Fair Housing – The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and handicap.
- Affordable Housing – In affordable housing rents are limited based on average median income for the county. Rents must not be more than 30% of your monthly income inclusive of utilities.
- Landlord Rights – A landlord has the right to enter the rental unit after first giving a reasonable notice to visit. A landlord also has the right to terminate tenancy and pursue an eviction case for tenants who do not pay owed rent, or violate a lease term and do not quit the property when notice is delivered.
- Termination of Tenancy – Termination for non-payment requires a 10-day written notice. No notice is acceptable in certain situations, such as the end of a lease term or the tenant is a tenant at sufferance.
- Tenant Obligations – A tenant must follow health and housing codes, both for the state and any local requirements. A tenant must give the rental back in as close to original condition as possible.