What are my rights as a tenant/landlord?

FAIR HOUSING, HABITABILITY, LEGAL ASSISTANCE, AND MEDIATION

Knowing one’s rights as a renter and how to get help is an important part of housing stability. Depending on your needs, agencies that provide guidance or services for fair housing, habitability, legal assistance, or mediation may be able to help.

fair housing

fair housing

Fair housing is about exercising a choice and choosing where you want to live based upon your own economics. 

Federal and state fair housing laws protect against housing discrimination, in which an individual or family is treated unequally when trying to buy, rent, lease, sell or finance a home based on certain characteristics, such as race, class, sex, religion, national origin, and familial status.

Habitability

Habitability

Guidance to help tenants with understanding their rights to a safe and livable rental home, and what to do if there is a problem.

legal assistance

legal assistance

Legal organizations can help tenants who wish to remain in their home, or reduce the amount of money they might owe their landlord.

mediation

mediation

Mediation helps disputing parties communicate and understand their concerns and needs in a situation, identify and consider possible solution options, reach a mutually agreeable solution, and put the agreement into a written form.

Fair housing is about exercising a choice and choosing where you want to live based upon your own economics. Federal and state fair housing laws protect against housing discrimination, in which an individual or family is treated unequally when trying to buy, rent, lease, sell or finance a home based on certain characteristics, such as race, class, sex, religion, national origin, and familial status.

Mediation helps disputing parties communicate and understand their concerns and needs in a situation, identify and consider possible solution options, reach a mutually agreeable solution and put the agreement into a written form.

Tenants may be able to get legal advice to help them remain in their home, or reduce the amount of money they might owe their landlord.

It is essential to contact your Township Trustee or seek assistance from social service agencies as soon as you realize you may need help. Waiting until the last minute to seek assistance may mean it is too late to get help.

TENANT/LANDLORD RIGHTS table

LocationServiceContactTypeDetails
Monroe County: Bloomington Indiana Student Legal Services – Bloomington, Indiana
Bloomington, IN
(812) 855-7867
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Legal Assistance IUSLS provides IU-Bloomington students with advice and representation in landlord-tenant matters, including: security deposit refunds and disputes, habitability issues, evictions, subleases, and lease analysis.

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monroe County: Bloomington Eviction Prevention Project (EPP)
301 North College Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
(812) 340-8189
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Legal Assistance, Mediation EPP provides free legal advice, mediation services, and social service referrals to pro se landlords and tenants facing eviction in Monroe County. Services provided during initial hearings at the hours: Wednesdays: 9am - 11am; Thursdays: 1pm - 3pm

Indiana Renting in Indiana: A Handbook for Tenants and Landlords
visit website Habitability A guidebook for understanding leases, security deposits and other issues related to renting a home. Available as a free download on the Housing4Hoosiers website. The website is also a resource to help renters, landlords, and property managers understand more about their rights and responsibilities with rental housing.
Indiana Indiana Legal Services
(812) 339-7668
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Legal Assistance ILS is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state of Indiana.
Indiana Indiana Legal Help
visit website Legal Assistance The Coalition for Court Access helps people across Indiana looking for civil legal help with non-criminal issues including family, housing, and healthcare.  This service offers free legal information, court forms, and various resources for people who represent themselves in court.
Indiana Indiana Free Legal Answers
visit website Legal Assistance Free legal answers to low income people with civil legal questions.
Indiana Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program
visit website Mediation A free, statewide program available from the Indiana Supreme Court to help tenants and landlords locate a neutral party to meet with both sides, discuss the situation, and find a solution.
Monroe County: Bloomington Community Justice & Mediation Center
205 S Walnut St
Suite 16
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 336-8677
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Mediation CJAM mediators help parties such as landlords and tenants work through a disagreement or conflict.
Monroe County: Bloomington City of Bloomington Housing & Neighborhood Development Department
401 N Morton St
Suite 130
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 349-3420
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Habitability The HAND Department investigates rental complaints about violations of the Residential Rental Unit and Lodging Establishment Inspection Program.
Clay County, Greene County, Hendricks County, Lawrence County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Owen County, Putnam County, Sullivan County, Vigo County District 10 Pro Bono Project
(812) 339-3610
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Legal Assistance D10 matches volunteer attorneys with low-income clients who need help with landlord/tenant matters, as well as other issues: shelter, income, safety, or access to justice. Service area: Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Sullivan and Vigo Counties.
Contact: 812-339-3610 - Tuesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Thursday 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Indiana Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
(317) 644-0673
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Fair Housing The mission of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach.