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The Basic Rights of a Renter in Indiana

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1. Landlord Must Maintain Common Areas
Under landlord-tenant law, a landlord is responsible for maintaining all common areas of the building's . It involves making sure they are:
Safe- The area should be safe involves making sure. It has adequate lighting, and these lighting fixtures are in working condition and have working light bulbs. It also means keeping the area free from dangerous situations that could cause injuries, such as faulty banisters or unsafe stairs.
Clean- The responsibility to keep common areas clean often only applies to properties with more than one unit. The locality does not have to be pristine, but it has to be consistently free from trash and other debris. Landlords have to maintain common areas throughout rental premises in clean and proper condition Common areas are those areas shared by all renters. It includes fences, parking, landscaping, and recreational areas.
2. It is Your Right to a Habitable Place to Live
Typically, leases have an implicit warranty of habitability.
What does it mean?
Habitable - Means a safe and clean place to live with local housing codes.
Keeping the rental property use able also means that landlords must follow state health and fire codes and maintain common areas.
The rental unit must be properly clean, with toilets, furnaces, also windows working.
Locks must be on every outside door or door that leads to a common area.
Keeping the rental premises usable includes maintaining the organizational safety of the building and weatherproofing.
Implied - This means the landlord must keep a rental home safe to live in—even if this is not declared, in a lease agreement.
3. The Landlord Is Responsible for Upkeep
The landlord must provide you with a rental unit in a safe, clean, and liveable condition. These responsibilities include:
Comply with health and housing codes.
Provide and maintain the following in fine and safe working condition (if they're at the time you signed your lease):
Electrical systems
Plumbing includes a fair supply of hot and cold water at every time.
Sanitary systems
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (including a sufficient supply of heat at all times)
Elevators (if applicable)
Appliances are supplied to encourage you to enter into the lease.
4. Having the Right to Enter Your Home
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You have the right to enter your rental home at all times. It is illegal for a landlord to deny you access to your rented property using changing locks, barring windows, or removing doors. The only way a landlord may contradict your entry to your rental property is through a court order. You also have the right to continuous use of your utilities without interference at all to these services.
5. Right to the Return Your Security Deposit
As a renter in the state of Indiana, you have the right to have your security deposit returned within 45 days. If you leave the to the landlord in good order when the lease ends, & give your landlord your forwarding address in writing.
It is illegal for the landlord to use a security deposit for repair; to the property as part of normal wear and tear—such as carpet cleaning or repainting walls.
The landlord may deduct from the security deposit unpaid rent, the cost to repair damages to the rental property or other unpaid commitments under the rental agreement.
If a landlord wants to charge you for damages to the property, he or she must also give you an analyzed list of damages and the cost of repair within the same 45-day period.

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