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Can Landlords Make Tenants Pay for Repairs?

In the state of Indiana, the landlord is legally responsible for the upkeep of the property to ensure it is safe, clean, and livable. These include providing and maintaining the following:

  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing
  • Sanitary systems
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Appliances

If a tenant requires repairs to be performed on the property, they must provide ample notice to the landlord. In general, a landlord must arrange for the repair of anything that breaks as a result of age, normal wear, and tear, or if there is a safety issue present. When the roof begins to leak due to no fault of the current tenant, then the landlord must arrange for repairs.

The only time that a landlord has the right to require a renter to pay for a repair is if they are responsible for the damage. For example, if your pet chews on the blinds then the pet owner is considered to be the responsible party. In the event that extensive damage is done to the property that was caused by the tenant, the landlord has a right to evict the tenant if they are unable to reach some other agreement.

The best way to avoid this type of situation is to maintain a positive flow of communication between landlord and tenant and to ensure that the proper expectations are set from the beginning. Real Property Management Northwest Indiana provides property management including apartment maintenance services in Crown Point, IN. We remove the burden of stress and ensure that landlords and their tenants remain satisfied. Visit our website to learn more.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.