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Housing & Eviction During COVID-19

State and federal housing protections have been in place since early in the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep people in their homes during this public health crisis. These provisions have impacted landlords, tenants, and courts in many ways.

A Landlord/Tenant Task Force was created to provide guidance to landlords, renters, attorneys, and courts when eviction cases resume in Indiana. The 10-page report below provides information about eviction cases; helpful forms and resources are available as well.

Please note that courts and court staff cannot offer legal advice. If you need legal help because you are facing eviction, foreclosure, or have another dispute with your landlord, you should seek advice from an attorney. See Appendix A below for more information. You can also review details on getting legal help, visit the Coalition for Court Access website, or see details on the Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program.

Landlord Tenant Task Force Report


Appendices

CDC temporary halt on certain residential evictions - Note: extended through July 31, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended an Order to temporarily halt certain residential evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264) and 42 CFR 70.2 until July 31, 2021.

Forms are available to assist tenants:

The Landlord Tenant Task Force has frequently asked questions and a checklist for courts to use during court hearings, if necessary.

Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule on Fair Debt Collection and Evictions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a rule, effective May 3, 2021, on requirements for debt collectors and attorneys seeking evictions for non-payment of rent to provide clear, written notice of the tenant’s rights under the CDC temporary halt on certain evictions. The CFPB has also issued a Fact Sheet and resources page.

Appendix A: Resources - Rental Assistance programs, General Information, Legal Assistance, and other services

Appendix B: Chart - Can I Be Evicted during the COVID-19 crisis in Indiana?

Appendix C: Notice of property subject to restrictions under CARES Act

Appendix D: Property Status Certification Affidavit

Appendix E: Definition of CARES Act covered properties

Appendix F: Sample Repayment Plan (before a court case is filed)

Appendix G: Sample Repayment Plan (after a court case is filed)

Appendix H: Guidelines for Court Handling Evictions after Moratoria Expire

Appendix I: Due Process checklist

Appendix J: Sample notice for remote hearing/trial

Appendix K: Request for Case Status Update

Appendix L: Sample Court Scheduling plan using in-person and remote hearing options