Indiana governor vetoes bill banning local rental rules

Eric Holcomb

Indiana’s governor has vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have blocked cities from regulating rental properties, which opponents said threatened existing local protections for tenants in several communities around the state.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 10:37 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 10:47 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have blocked cities from regulating rental properties, which opponents said threatened existing local protections for tenants in several communities around the state.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the veto Wednesday evening, just before his deadline for acting on the bill approved by GOP lawmakers in the final hours of this year’s legislative session.

Holcomb said in a veto letter that the bill’s language was “overly broad,” citing a provision that would’ve prohibited any local rules on landlord-tenant relationships beyond state law.

Holcomb also wrote that economic circumstances have changed significantly with the coronavirus outbreak since lawmakers voted on the bill March 11.

“While I understand the bill was intended to create uniformity between state and local law governing the relationship between landlords and tenants, I believe this is not the right time for such language to become law,” Holcomb wrote.

The bill emerged in late February as Republicans took up the limits backed by the Indiana Apartment Association after the Democratic-controlled Indianapolis City-County Council approved an ordinance that included allowing fines for landlords who retaliate against renters over living condition complaints.

Tenant advocates maintained the proposal would be unfair to the estimated 30%, or some 2 million, of Indiana residents living in rental housing and tilt state law heavily in favor of landlords.

The Indiana Institute for Working Families said it appreciated Holcomb’s decision.

“Compared to renters in other states, Indiana renters are already at a significant disadvantage in terms of their rights and recourse when they encounter a bad landlord,” the group said.

This year's legislative session ended March 11, but lawmakers could override the governor's veto by a simple majority through next year's session.

West Lafayette
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 71°
Rensselaer
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Overcast
74° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 74°
Delphi
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 67°
Monticello
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 67°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 72°
Dry and Cooler Weather.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68433

Reported Deaths: 2980
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion14863719
Lake7101271
Elkhart459777
Allen3635158
St. Joseph315479
Hamilton2513104
Cass17519
Hendricks1750105
Vanderburgh172612
Johnson1652118
Porter119539
Tippecanoe110311
Clark108145
Madison84765
LaPorte83829
Kosciusko81912
Howard81065
Bartholomew74347
Marshall74222
Floyd69444
Monroe68630
Delaware63852
Noble63728
Boone63546
Dubois62612
Hancock62337
Jackson5524
LaGrange54210
Warrick51630
Shelby51126
Grant49629
Vigo47410
Dearborn46528
Morgan42532
Henry36118
Clinton3573
White34710
Montgomery34321
Lawrence32827
Wayne3179
Decatur31432
Harrison29422
Miami2582
Scott25010
Daviess24619
Greene23934
Franklin22410
DeKalb2224
Putnam2228
Jennings21012
Jasper2082
Gibson2004
Steuben2003
Ripley1887
Perry17212
Starke1657
Orange16424
Wabash1613
Posey1580
Fayette1557
Jefferson1492
Whitley1486
Fulton1462
Carroll1452
Wells1342
Knox1310
Huntington1183
Washington1161
Spencer1143
Newton11010
Tipton1075
Randolph1034
Clay975
Jay820
Adams812
Rush794
Owen781
Sullivan761
Pulaski721
Brown701
Fountain632
Benton600
Blackford532
Ohio514
Pike460
Parke451
Switzerland430
Crawford420
Martin420
Vermillion380
Union320
Warren191
Unassigned0200

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events