Indiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Indiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: April 22, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t
  • Complaints to Landlord
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
  • Suing/Testifying Against Landlord
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing/Threatening Dispossession
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Indiana?

It’s illegal for Indiana landlords to retaliate with raised rent, reduced services, or threatened eviction or other dispossession outside the rental agreement, against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the landlord about the landlord’s responsibilities.
  • Complaining to the government about health and safety.
  • Suing or testifying against the landlord.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

The law allows an exception when the landlord can prove a non-retaliatory, good-faith reason for the alleged retaliatory action. For example, a landlord who raises rent proportionately in response to a large increase in property tax is not retaliating, even if a tenant has recently complained about maintenance.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Indiana?

If a landlord retaliates in Indiana, the tenant can respond by suing for expenses associated with the retaliation, or suing for an injunction that grants quiet enjoyment of the property. In either case, the tenant can recover court costs and attorney fees.