Indiana lawmakers force through ban on local rental rules

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana cities will be largely blocked from regulating rental properties after state lawmakers voted to override the governor’s veto of the prohibition.

The Indiana House voted 67-32 on Wednesday to override the veto that Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb issued in March following the end of the 2020 legislative session. The Senate also voted down the veto last week, putting the prohibition into law.

Republican backers of the bill pushed by the Indiana Apartment Association argued that it established uniform statewide regulations for landlord-tenant issues, rather than forcing landlords to face a “hodgepodge” of local regulations.

Opponents maintained that it takes away the ability of local officials to protect tenants from abusive landlords and that the prohibition was only sought in the closing days of last year’s legislative session after the Democratic city officials in Indianapolis approved regulations allowing fines for landlords who retaliate against renters over living condition complaints.

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