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If you are an Indiana tenant and you have received an eviction notice or a summons stating that you are being evicted, there are a few things you can do. You should try to negotiate with your landlord. If you need to pay rent, pay it. If you think your landlord needs to follow through on some part of the lease, let the landlord know. Many times, the eviction problems can be settled just by communicating.

If these negotiations fail, you must respond to the eviction suit. You will be served with a copy of your landlord’s eviction complaint. The reasons for the eviction will be included in this complaint, and often if you satisfy the claim the landlord has against you (e.g. by paying the rent), the suit will be dismissed. This service will also include the date of the hearing, and you will have to show up to the hearing to argue your side.

At this point, you may wish to seek the advice of an experienced Indiana evictions lawyer, either to help you defend against the eviction or to advise you as to any rights you may have with respect to the circumstances surrounding the notice and the unlawful detainer action.