A city ordinance that aims to inform renters of their rights takes effect July 1.
Landlords in Indianapolis must now provide tenants with a copy of the “Notice of Tenant Rights and Responsibilities” document. The notice seeks to inform renters of their rights, protect them from retaliation and provide options for legal advice. Landlords may face penalties if they are not in compliance.
In a statement Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the notice will help improve landlord accountability. “This ordinance gives tenants tools to protect their right to a safe, secure, and livable home -- including legal resources if landlords aren’t complying with these fundamental standards,” said Hogsett.
The notice is part of a package of initiatives the City of Indianapolis is implementing in an effort to increase tenant rights and protections. Indianapolis has one of the highest rates of eviction in the country.
The document, that is available in multiple languages, must be provided to renters with a new lease or a renewal.