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Can a Landlord Ignore or Refuse my Request to Sublet in Indiana?

Indiana's laws do very little to address subletting. Most state laws say that if a landlord rejects your proposed subtenant, they must have good reason. Indiana doesn't address this specifically in their state laws.

Reasonable Refusal

There are no Indiana statutes or guidance for what kind of refusal is reasonable in Indiana. We suggest you follow our general rule of thumb, which is based on the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act as well as an in-depth review of court cases throughout the United States:

An applicant can only be reasonably refused if it can be proven that they would put the landlord's business at risk. If there is no evidence that they would have the ability to pay the rent reliably as a subtenant, then there are grounds for reasonable refusal.

Unreasonable Refusal

Indiana does have a Fair Housing Act. The law states that anyone seeking housing cannot be discriminated against for race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. If you landlord rejects a subtenant based on any of these criteria, it's likely that a court would deem it unreasonable and against the Act.

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.

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