An Indiana Rental Application is a document used by landlords, property owners, and real estate companies to screen potential tenants before offering a lease agreement. A rental application form allows the landlord to run credit and background checks that provide information on past evictions, finances, employment, and criminal history.
Below you can find fundamental information for Indiana landlords and tenants, including application fees, deposits, conducting an eviction record search, and further helpful resources.
In addition to completing the rental application, prospective tenants typically pay a fee to cover administrative costs associated with conducting background checks and processing the application. The payment also indicates the renter’s earnest intention to enter a lease agreement.
This fee is usually non-refundable regardless of whether or not the landlord chooses the applicant. Indiana law doesn’t limit the amount a property owner can charge for a rental application. Some landlords expect every adult listed on the form to pay the application fee, but a property owner may waive it for secondary renters.
Indiana has no regulations on how much security deposit a landlord can charge a tenant. But, the law requires the landlord to return the deposit within 45 days of the lease end if the tenant leaves the property in good condition with only normal wear and tear (§ 32-31-3-12).
There are no Indiana statutes that govern pet deposits. However, landlords are prohibited from collecting pet deposit fees for service animals.
How To Conduct an Eviction Record Search
The Indiana Courts Public Portal makes it easy for landlords to conduct their eviction record searches by entering an applicant’s name and identifying information.
The resulting report will show any legal actions against the tenant due to unpaid rent or failure to vacate a property after being given proper written notice.
Other Landlord Resources
Indiana law prohibits landlords from discriminatory housing practices against tenants based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. The Indiana Civil Rights Comission provides landlords and tenants with information about protections from housing discrimination, tools to stay within the law, and opportunities for redress.
In Indiana, people convicted of sex crimes must register for a minimum of ten years. The Indiana Sex Offender Registry offers a county-by-county search for sexual offenders in Indiana who are required to keep the public aware of their location.
Below is an example of a standard Indiana rental application form. You may download it for free or use our document builder to create a customized rental application.