Indiana Rental Agreement

Last Updated: July 27, 2022

The Indiana rental agreements are legal contracts created when a tenant wishes to use real property in exchange for regular payments (“rent”). The landlord and tenant agree on the terms of the rental. Additional terms must comply with Indiana’s landlord-tenant law and applicable state laws.

Indiana Rental Agreement Types

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Residential Lease Agreement

The Indiana residential lease agreement ("rental agreement") documents the terms and conditions between a landlord and tenant for the purposes of leasing residential space.

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Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

An Indiana month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time.

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Rental Application Form

The Indiana rental application form is a legal document used to help screen rental applicants based on their rental and financial information and history so that landlords can choose who they want to rent their property to.

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Residential Sublease Agreement

The Indiana sublease agreement is a contract that allows an existing tenant ("sublessor") to rent (“sublease”) all (or a portion) of a rental property to a new tenant (“sublessee”) in exchange for regular, periodic payments.

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Roommate Agreement

The Indiana roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a binding contract between two or more tenants sharing the same rental property.

8 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The Indiana commercial lease agreement is a written agreement between the landlord and a business owner.

Indiana Required Lease Disclosures

  • Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – All Indiana lease agreements must contain the landlord (or an authorized agent’s) contact information to help establish communication for legal notices.
  • Flood Zone Disclosure (required for some) – For properties that fall below the 100-year flood elevation levels, an Indiana landlord is required to provide notice about the property’s existence in a flood zone to make the risk of flooding clear and limit liability in the case a flood occurs.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – If an Indiana rental property was built before 1978, a lead paint disclosure is required that provides information about the risks posed by lead paints and any instances of lead paint in the unit to help avoid toxic exposure.

To learn more about required disclosures in Indiana, click here.

Indiana Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – Indiana landlords are required by law to provide tenants with hot and cold water, adequate plumbing, proper electric outlets, smoke detectors, and more. When these amenities breakdown, that same landlord has a “reasonable amount of time” to perform a repair. Indiana law does not outright state that a tenant in Indiana can withhold rent in response to habitability issues. Tenants may not use the repair and deduct method.
  • Evictions – Indiana landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons including, but not limited to failure to pay rent, a violation of a leasing term, or committing an illegal act. Landlords must provide tenants with prior notice to pay or quit, depending on the type of eviction. In most cases, though, this process takes at least several weeks.
  • Security Deposits – Indiana law does not limit the value of security deposits charged by landlords. However, if a deposit of this kind is collected, it must be returned to its owner within 45 days after the lease termination.
  • Lease Termination – Month-to-month leases in Indiana can be terminated legally by providing 1 month of notice to the landlord. However, a fixed-lease tenant may also be able to prematurely terminate their lease without penalty by these conditions: active military duty, landlord harassment, inadequate living conditions, domestic violence, etc.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – A landlord is unable to raise rent during a fixed-term lease, unless stated in the lease agreement. If it is a periodic tenancy (i.e., month-to-month, etc.) a landlord can raise rent with a 30-day notice. Indiana does not generally limit how much a landlord can charge for late fees, except for its $25 bounced check limit.
  • Landlord Entry – Indiana landlords may enter a rental unit if “advanced” notice is provided to the tenant. A landlord may enter the dwelling unit without notice in certain circumstances such as a court order or emergency situations that threaten the safety of others.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Indiana’s small claims court can mediate landlord-tenant disputes valued at less than $6,000, including evictions. However, some counties like Marion County operate their own small claims court system with different limitations.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Indiana, click here.