Free Indiana Rental Lease Agreement

Sample Indiana Rental Lease Agreement


THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the "Lease") dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___.



(the "Landlord")

- AND-


(the "Tenant")

(individually the "Party" and collectively the "Parties")

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Indiana, ______________________ (the "Property"), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the "Rent").
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Indiana, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:
    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party's attorney fees.
  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Indiana.
  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Indiana (the "Act"), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.
  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.
  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.
  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant's negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant's employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.
  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.
  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.
  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.
  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.
  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.
  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.
  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord's address for notice is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Indiana, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord's rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord's rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other's acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of $25.00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant's financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord's agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual 'For Sale' or 'For Rent' or 'Vacancy' signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

Landlord: _______________

Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

Tenant: _______________


Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Indiana, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Indiana, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Indiana Rental Lease Agreements

Are you moving to Indiana? Well, how about a breakdown of the basic landlord-tenant laws?

  • The Official Rules, Regulations, and Guides

    • Landlord and Tenant - Ind. Code Ann. §§ 32-31

    • Small Claims and Misdemeanor Division – Ind. Code Ann. §§ 33-28-3

    • Marion County Small Claims Court – Ind. Code Ann. §§ 33-34

    • General Indiana Small Claims Rules

  • Security Deposit

    • There is no security deposit maximum

    • The deadline for returning the security deposit is 45 days

    • Some of the allowable deduction from the security deposit include deductions for:

      • Accrued rent

      • Reimbursement of actual damages not resulting from ordinary wear and tear.

      • Amount of damage the landlord suffers or will suffer from a tenant’s non-compliance

      • Unpaid utility and sewer charges

    • Before you fill in your rental lease agreement in Indiana, note that there are no statutes on security deposit interests, separate security deposit bank accounts, non-refundable fees, application fees, record keeping of deposit withholdings, and pet deposits and other additional fees.

    • Itemize list of move-out damages/ charges: the landlord must deliver, within 45 days of the termination of occupancy, an itemized list of damages with a money order for the difference between the claimed damages and the security deposit the landlord holds. This list has the amounts and the lease the landlord plans to assess and the estimated cost of repairs for damages items.

    • In case of non-compliance:

    • If the landlord fails to give notice of damages, the landlord will have to remit to the client the full value of the security deposit.

    • Failure to itemize damages makes the landlord liable to the tenant in an amount equal to the part of the deposit withheld by the landlord, plus the reasonable attorney fees.

Lease, Fees, and Rent

  • There are no statutes for:

    • When the rent is due

    • Rent’s grace period

    • Late fees

    • Prepaid rent

    • Tenant withholding rent for failure to provide the essential services

    • Tenant allowed to repair and deduct rent

    • Whether the landlord can make a reasonable attempt to mitigate damages caused by the lessee

    • The rent increase notice lasts 30 days

    • The returned check fees cost $25.

    • The landlord is allowed to recover the court and the attorney fees.

    • Rules on the abandonment of personal property.

    • The landlord can remove the tenant’s abandoned property using a formal writ of possession and relocating the property to the approved storage facility.

    • The landlord may not take possession of or dispose of the tenant’s dwelling unit, or even deny a tenant access to or dispose a tenant’s property for the enforcement of the obligation of the tenant to the landlord, under the rental lease agreement.

  • Notices and Entry

    • No statutes govern the termination of fixed end leases.

    • A three months’ notice is given for termination of annual leases

    • One month’s notice is necessary for the termination of monthly leases.

    • In case of tenancy termination for non-payment, ten days’ notice is required, but the tenant may stay if they pay the rent in full before the notice expires.

    • There is no statute governing the termination of leases for violation.

    • When is there no notice to quit needed? There are cases when the landlord gives immediate, unconditional quit notice. The cases include:

      • When a tenant commits waste

      • If the tenant is at sufferance

      • If the express terms of the rental contract require the tenant to pay rent in advance, but the tenant refuses or ignores the terms.

      • If the landlord-tenant relationship is non-existent.

    • There are no statutes on giving notice of date/ time for the move-out inspection

    • The notice before entry is necessary when a reasonable oral or written notice is given.

    • Entry is allowed with notice for non-emergency maintenance and repairs

    • Entry is allowed with notice for rental showings

    • Emergency entry is allowed without notice

    • No statute directs what happens in case of entry following a tenant’s extended absence

    • There is no statute for notice to tenants for pesticide use

    • There are no lockouts or utility shutoffs.

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes

  • This is the section that highlights different elements like:

    • Landlord obligations

    • Tenant obligations

    • Move-out condition

    • Disclosure of the managers and agents

    • Smoke detectors

    • Flooring disclosures

    • Recording of the leases

    • Lead disclosure

    • Domestic violence situations

    • Retaliation

  • Court and Legal related cases

    • The Indiana Small Claims Court Limits are set at $6,000

    • Eviction cases are allowed in the small claims court.

    • You can get help from Judicial Branch of Indiana and Indiana Attorney General

    • Small claims cases are handled under Indiana Small Claims Manual, Indiana Small Claims Rules, and the Marion County Small Claims Court.

    • Bar associations include Indiana State Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Association.

    • For legal aid get help from Indiana Attorney Referral Service, Indianapolis Lawyer Referral Service, Find a Legal Aid Provider, Indiana Legal Services, or Indianapolis Legal Aid Society

Business Licenses

There are no state-wide business licenses, though local counties and cities may have their regulations and requirements.

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