The State of Indiana's main tenant-landlord law was enacted in
1881 and has remained mostly unchanged, with little protection for
tenants, for more than a century. In recent years, the tenant-landlord
law has been amended a bit, most significantly in 2002, to clarify
some aspects of the tenant-landlord relationship, with an eye to
seeking better housing conditions for tenants.
For dwelling units that are let for rent after June 30, 2002 (but
not for dwelling units rented with an option to purchase, that is,
a "contract sale"), Indiana Code 32-31-7 and IC 32-31-8
provide, among other things, a summary of tenant obligations
(such as using the rented facility and its appliances in a reasonable
manner, keeping the rental premises reasonably clean, complying
with all applicable health and housing codes, and complying with
all the landlord's reasonable rules and regulations, as they might
be duly changed from time to time) and a summary of the landlord's
obligations (such as delivering the rental premises in a safe,
clean and habitable condition, complying with all applicable health
and housing codes, and, if provided, maintaining the following in
good and safe working condition: the electrical system, plumbing
system, sanitary system, heating system and landlord-provided appliances).
Again, please note that the provisions summarized above do NOT
necessarily apply to premises let for rent before July 1, 2002,
nor to premises rented with an option to purchase.
It should be kept in mind that, generally speaking, HUD's own
rules have for many years already provided fair treatment for HUD-assisted
tenants, while still empowering landlords with the authority to
choose renters carefully, to impose reasonable rules, and upon proper
notice to evict tenants who do not follow those rules.
Indianapolis HUD Office