Can a landlord require a criminal background check for a tenant who has been living at their residence?

Question by Amanda: Can a landlord require a criminal background check for a tenant who has been living at their residence?
I am wondering if it’s legal for a landlord to suddenly ask for a criminal background check from a tenant who has been living at their residence for a few years…. and requiring you to pay for the background check, as well as only giving you a week to get the background check. Is this legal? Can the landlord evict you if you do not it? What if you are the only tenant they are pinpointing, even if they said they were asking everyone?
I live in Indiana.
Signed a 2 year lease with one year remaining on that lease.

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Answer by Cantankerous
Depends on your state.

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3 thoughts on “Can a landlord require a criminal background check for a tenant who has been living at their residence?

  1. Wizened wizard Post author

    A landlord generally cannot require anything that is not stated in the lease. If you do not have a lease or if it has expired, you are a tenant at sufferance–basically month to month–and the landlord has much more liberty. Read your lease. If it does not require a background check, then politely decline your landlord’s request.

  2. gomanyes Post author

    If you already have a lease, you cannot be evicted until the lease ends. If you fail to complete the check, you can be evicted after the lease runs out.

    If you are month-to-month, you can be evicted for failure to complete the check, with the appropriate amount of notice as required in your state.

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