AG Curtis Hill: Report unlawful eviction, foreclosure proceedings amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing thousands of Hoosiers into financial hardships, Attorney General Curtis Hill asked consumers today to file complaints with the Office of the Attorney General should eviction or foreclosure proceedings initiate or continue during this public health crisis.
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order Thursday that prohibits the initiation or continuation of eviction or foreclosure proceedings until Indiana’s public health emergency is terminated. However, the order does not relieve individuals from having to pay their mortgages or rent during this time.
“The continuation of proceedings would be based upon whether courts are open, and since almost all courts have emergency orders from the Supreme Court, we do not believe many proceedings are continuing right now,” the Attorney General's Office clarified.
Attorney General Hill encouraged Hoosiers who are unlawfully subjected to these proceedings during the ongoing public health emergency to file a complaint with the Office’s Consumer Protection Division.
“The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of Hoosiers temporarily unemployed and facing financial distress,” Attorney General Hill said. “It’s important for Hoosier renters and homeowners to be aware of their rights during these difficult times. If you are unlawfully subjected to eviction or foreclosure proceedings during this public health emergency, contact my office. We may be able to help you.”
If you have issues paying your mortgage or are already in foreclosure proceedings, the Office may be able to assist you. The Office also has the ability to assist tenants with certain issues such as misrepresentations about a property’s condition and failures to provide specific disclosures.
To file a consumer complaint online, click here. If you have questions for the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, you may call 1-800-382-5516 or 317-232-6330.
For a summary of your rights as a tenant, you may view this handbook from Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
For up-to-date information about the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/. You may also call the department 24/7 at 1-877-826-0011.