Governor Holcomb vetoes bill banning local rental rules

Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have blocked cities from regulating rental properties.

Opponents say the bill threatened existing local protections for tenants in several communities around the state. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a veto letter issued Wednesday evening that the bill’s language was “overly broad,” citing a provision that would’ve prohibited any local rules on landlord-tenant relationships beyond state law.

Holcomb also wrote that economic circumstances have changed significantly with the coronavirus outbreak since lawmakers voted on the bill March 11.

Tenant advocates maintained the proposal would be unfair to the estimated 30%, or some 2 million, of Indiana residents living in rental housing.

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