It's more difficult than ever to get a new apartment lease in this competitive market and the difference between being approved or denied for a new lease is often the rental history of the tenant applying. For years, nothing could be done about evictions on public records that would haunt a background check for years and result in a tenant being denied a new lease. Effective July 1, 2022, certain eviction cases in Indiana are eligible for expungement - being sealed from public records and public access so that they are no longer part of background investigation checks*
What cases are eligible?
You are eligible to have a prior eviction case sealed and restricted* from public record if:
You are not eligible to have a prior eviction case sealed and restricted from public record if:
Cost and Process
Lewis Legal Services will be providing the service of preparing and filing a petition under the new law for residential eviction expungements as soon as July 1, 2022. The process is new, so we don't know entirely what to expect as far as the time and effort that will have to be put in to have a successful result, but to start, we will be charging $250.00** for the service per each eviction case. A written contract of engagement for services is required before any work will be done. If a client has multiple cases, we will work with them on a reduction of fees for doing multiple cases if at all possible.
*The new law only applies to court files and government agencies to prevent further access and dissemination of eviction information. It does NOT restrict access to information or records already held by a third party, private sources or businesses that collected the information before the sealing of the record is approved.
**Includes attending one court hearing by virtual means, such as Zoom or Webex. Courts requiring in-person attendance will require increased fee. Other fees and costs may apply on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about the new Indiana expungement law for residential eviction cases
Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C Lewis
Lewis Legal Services P.O. Box 40603 Indianapolis, IN 46240 USA