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Create and Download the Indiana Residential Lease & Rental Agreement printable PDF for Landlords. This state-specific Lease is customizable and includes IN laws.

Document Last Modified: 9/13/2022

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Indiana Residential Lease Agreement

Indiana Lease Agreement Guarantee Seal

If you Lease rental property in Indiana, you need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Indiana state laws.

This might sound complicated, but we’ve found an EZ way for Landlords to create a great, state-specific Lease in MINUTES!

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease Agreement entirely online.
  2. Get State Assist tips that point out important state laws. NOTE: All Indiana-required terms, clauses, and disclosures are automatically included in your Lease Package.
  3. Select from over 25 addendums and disclosures to further customize your Lease Package. Some of the most popular ones are the Pet Addendum, the Smoke-Free Property Addendum, and the Winter Weather Addendum.
  4. You and your Tenants can review and sign your Lease online using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
  5. Once fully executed, your Lease Agreement is automatically stored securely with our ezCloudStorage. It’s also EZ to print or download as a PDF if you prefer!


Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our Lease Builder Wizard automatically ensures that your Lease Agreement complies with all Indiana Lease Laws. So you don’t need to worry about these when you’re creating your Lease Agreement. That’s pretty nice, right?

That said, you’ll need to know some of them while managing your rental property.

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing
Year to Year (no end date in the lease): Advance notice of no less than 90 days is required to end the lease.

Month to Month: 30 days' advance notice is required to end the lease.

Week to Week: 7 days advance notice is required to end the lease.

Fixed Term: Notice is not required, the tenant shall vacate the premises at the end of the lease unless otherwise specified within the lease.
Security Deposit
There is no limit placed on the security deposit charged to the tenant so long as it is reasonable.
Returned Payment Fee
In Indiana, an amount not to exceed $20, plus an amount equal to the actual charge by the depository institution for each returned or dishonored instrument may be assessed.
Ind. Code § 26-1-3.1-502.5.
Late Fee
Late fees should remain reasonable and related to the landlord's actual expenses incurred.
Insurance Requirements
Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance, and could make the failure to do so a breach of the lease.
Addenda & Disclosures
If the leased premises was constructed prior to 1978, the landlord must provide all tenants with the Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and the Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.
Notice to Enter
Landlords may not access rental units without reasonable notice except for emergencies.
Landlord Requirements
Indiana leases for a period longer than three (3) years shall be recorded in the recorder's office of the county in which the real estate is located. IC 32-31-2-1.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Required Disclosures

Indiana requires the following disclosures to be included in the Lease Package:

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: If the rental property was built before 1978, federal law requires that occupants be provided with a lead-based paint disclosure.
  • Managers and Agents: The Landlord must disclose the name of the person or persons allowed on the Property for repairs or maintenance. Additionally, Tenants must be provided with an address where notices may be sent.

Other disclosures that you’d like to include? We offer over 25 addendums and disclosures for Landlords to select from. It makes customizing your Lease Package EZ!


Pro Tip: Addendums can be a great way to share important information with Tenants. Being proactive with policies - for example, a Guest Policy, Insurance Coverage Addendum, or Grilling Policy - helps to set Tenants up for success and to build strong Landlord-Tenant relationships.

FAQ

Do Leases in Indiana need to be notarized?
No, Indiana Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized. As long as they’re signed by both the Landlord, or lessor, and Tenant, or lessee, they are considered legally binding and fully enforceable.

How do you write a simple Lease Agreement?
A simple Lease Agreement needs to include all key terms of the rental relationship. This means name and contact information for the Landlord and Tenants, Lease term, rent amount, security deposit amount, and late fee policies.

Residential Leases

While a simple Lease Agreement will cover the basic information, it won’t give Landlords the complete protection they need. Nor will it provide Tenants with all property rules and policies.

To make sure Tenants have the information they need and Landlords have the protection they need, it’s best to avoid writing a generic or simple Lease. And, while there are blank and fillable Lease forms available online, for example, the one offered by the Indiana Association of Realtors, these are lacking.

To make sure you’re setting yourself up for success as a Landlord, it’s a good idea to use a state-specific, customized Lease Agreement any time you rent real estate. This is true whether it’s an apartment, single-family home, duplex, or condo.

What is the standard Lease term in Indiana?
The standard Lease term in Indiana is one year (12 months). However, shorter and longer periods are recognized as long as they’re stated in the Lease Agreement and agreed upon by both parties.

For example: Short-Term Rental Agreements, Month-to-Month Lease Agreements, and Vacation Rental Contracts are all acceptable and fully recognized under Indiana law.

Do new owners have to honor a Lease Agreement in Indiana?
Yes. If you purchase a property with Tenants in place, you are obligated to honor any existing Lease until it ends. While there are some benefits to buying with Tenants already in place, it’s important to see the Lease Agreement before you close on the property to make sure you’re comfortable with the Lease terms. In addition to asking for a copy of the Lease Agreement, it’s a good idea to use an Estoppel Agreement to confirm all terms of the existing Lease.


Indiana Rental Forms and Templates

Indiana Landlords need more than just a great Lease. They need forms and documents for the entire Landlord-Tenant lifecycle - from move-in to move-out.

We have a library of over 450 Landlord forms, including Indiana-specific Landlord forms.

  • Rental Application: Always screen Tenants before signing a Lease! Good screening starts with a Rental Application that gathers important info and the necessary authorizations to run a credit report, criminal history background report, and eviction history report. Note: our Rental Application is FREE to use!
Residential Leases
  • Tenant Welcome Letter: Customize this letter to provide new renters with all the information they need for their new home!
  • Move-In/Move-Out Checklist: This checklist helps Landlords document the condition of the rental unit at move-in and move-out. If you collect a Security Deposit, it’s vital to use this form to have proper documentation if you need to withhold some or all of the deposit.
  • Rent Ledger: Use this ledger to keep track of rent payments for each of your rental properties.
  • Indiana 10-Day Notice for Failure to Pay Rent: This form should be used when Tenants are late with rent payments. It’s a necessary first step in the eviction process.
  • Indiana 10-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate: This form should be used for Lease violations other than non-payment of rent. It’s a necessary step in the eviction process.

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