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The Fundamental Rights of an Indiana Tenant

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1. Landlord Is Obligated to Keep Common Areas
According to landlord-tenant law, the landlord is in charge of keeping up the building's common areas. It entails confirming that they are:
Safe- Ensuring that the location is secure is important. It is well-lit, the lighting fixtures are operational, and the light bulbs are functional. Additionally, it entails keeping the environment free of injury-causing hazards like broken banisters and rickety steps.
Clean- Properties with many units are frequently the only ones where it is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of the common areas. The neighborhood should not be spotless, but it must continuously be free of trash and other detritus. Landlords are required to keep communal rooms in rental properties clean and in good repair. All renters share the spaces known as common areas. It consists of fences, parking, landscaping, and open spaces.
2. You have a right to a livable environment.
Most leases come with an implied guarantee of habitability.
Why does that matter?
Habitable - A clean, safe place to live that complies with local building requirements.
Landlords are also required to adhere to state fire and health rules and maintain common spaces in order to keep the rental property habitable.
The rental property must be adequately maintained, with functional bathrooms, stoves, and windows.
Every door that opens outside or into a shared space must be locked.
In order to keep the rental space usable, the building's organizational security and weatherproofing must be maintained.
Implied - This means that even if it isn't explicitly stated in the lease agreement, the landlord is still required to keep the rental property livable.
3. Maintenance Is the Landlord's Responsibility
Your rental home must be safe, sanitary, and habitable according to the landlord's obligations. These obligations consist of the following:
Respect health and housing regulations.
Ensure that the following are in good and secure functioning order (if they weren't when you signed your lease):
electrical apparatus
A reasonable amount of hot and cold water is always available thanks to plumbing.
hygienic systems
air conditioning, ventilation, and heating (including a sufficient supply of heat at all times)
Elevators (if applicable) (if applicable)
You are given appliances to entice you to sign the lease.
4. The Power to Enter Your Residence
You have unrestricted access to your rental home. It is against the law for a landlord to remove doors, block windows, or restrict your access to a rental property. A court order is the only mechanism a landlord has to deny you access to your rental home. Additionally, you are entitled to uninterrupted use of your utilities without any interference from third parties.
5. The Right to Get Your Security Deposit Back
You have the right to your security deposit's return within 45 days as a tenant in Indiana. If you return the to the landlord when the lease expires in excellent condition and notify your landlord of your forwarding address in writing,
The use of a security deposit by a landlord to make repairs to the property that are part of regular wear and tear, such as carpet cleaning or wall painting, is prohibited.
Unpaid rent, the cost of repairing damage to the rental property, and other obligations under the rental agreement may be deducted by the landlord from the security deposit.
If your landlord wants to charge you for property damage, they must also provide you with a detailed report of the damages and the estimated cost of repairs within the same 45-day window.
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