Indianapolis has released its tenant rights document. The notice is now available, after pushback at the Statehouse.
The “Notice of Tenant Rights and Responsibilities” was in jeopardy after a bill last session would have stopped Marion County from implementing measures to protect renters.
Indianapolis has one of the highest eviction rates in the country.
Early this year the City laid out comprehensive tenant protection measures, including the notice, a help hotline, legal assistance and more grounds for possible retaliation against bad-acting landlords.
City-County Council President Vop Osili says this is a necessary step toward a fairer city.
“Ensuring all residents have access to this knowledge is one step toward becoming a more equitable community," says Osili.
Indianapolis now requires landlords to provide renters with the tenants rights document. Rights include a safe, liveable home, and privacy and anti-discrimination rights. It also states that landlords cannot retaliate against tenants for asking about these rights and exercising them.