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CALL 6: Learn about your rights as a renter

CALL 6: Learn about your rights as a renter
Posted at 2:36 PM, Apr 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS --  It's a good thing to know your rights if you're a renter.

A previous Call 6 Investigates report prompted a free tenant training session held Tuesday night in Indianapolis. 

Experts were  on hand to answer your questions from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the India Palace Restaurant Banquet Hall, 4213 Lafayette Road.

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"I do think the average person would be surprised to find out the rights they have," said attorney Beth Cox. "I know a lot of highly educated people who have missed out on getting the return of their security deposit because they never followed up with their landlord or didn't provide their address in writing. That's a simple mistake that can cost you hundreds of dollars."

In 2015, the Marion County Public Health Department received more than 7,000 complaints related to housing and trash, and the inspectors issued more than 4,000 housing orders.

Mold, bed bugs and water problems rank among the top complaints to Call 6 Investigates.

Attorneys from Cox & Koons, as well as the Marion County Public Health Department, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, and Improving Kids' Environments are hosting Tuesday's tenant training session.

They want you to know, you can stand up for yourself.

"Marion County in particular has a very high population of renters. It's important for our city to have quality tenants and tenants who understand the rights they have," said Cox.

Organizers of the training say they'll hold more sessions throughout Marion County if they have a good turnout.