Governor Holcomb vetoes tenant-landlord bill

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed the tenant-landlord bill Wednesday, calling the language overly-broad.

Holcomb vetoed SB 148, a bill that would ban local government from dealing with tenant-landlord disputes.

In a statement Wednesday, Holcomb said while the bill was intended to create uniformity between state and local law governing, he believes it is not the right time for such language to become law.

Since the Indiana General Assembly adjourned just two weeks ago, circumstances have changed dramatically and I have taken numerous steps to protect Hoosiers from the spread and effects of COVID-19.

GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB

Among these steps was to sign an executive order prohibiting eviction or foreclosure actions involving residential real estate or property to protect people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holcomb also said the language was overly-broad, preventing almost any type of local control over tenant-landlord relationships. He did, however, say he did not have any issues with the provisions regarding manufactured homes and industrialized residential structures.

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(This story was originally published on March 25, 2020)

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