Bloomington, IN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana

Q: Can a motel manager go to jail for locking out a tenant who refused to pay rent after 3 months of being there.

It was a notice for them to go to office to pay or leave and has had an eviction notice afterward.

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A: In Indiana, a motel manager cannot typically lock out a tenant without following the proper legal eviction process. Engaging in a "self-help" eviction, such as changing locks or physically removing a tenant, is generally illegal and can result in legal consequences. The legal eviction process in Indiana involves providing proper notice to the tenant, filing a lawsuit in court, and obtaining a court order for eviction. If a motel manager engages in unlawful eviction practices, they may face legal penalties. Tenants have rights, and the eviction process is designed to protect those rights. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney.

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