On Friday October 22nd, 2021, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an Order instituting a voluntary eviction diversion program beginning November 1, 2021. Under this Order, all parties to an eviction will be notified at the first hearing of the existence of a pre-eviction diversion program and each party will be asked if they wish to participate in the program. Both parties have the option to decide whether they wish to participate.
If the parties both agree, the eviction proceeding will be paused for 90 days and marked confidential while the parties attempt to obtain emergency rental assistance (with the help of a facilitator), work out a payment plan, negotiate the resident’s departure from the property, or any other outcome desirable for the parties. There will be 30, 60, and 90-day check-ins scheduled with a judge or magistrate to ensure the resident and the property owner are following the terms of the agreement.
At any of those times, if the terms of the agreement are not being followed by the resident, the eviction can be immediately removed from the program, and an eviction can be sought. If a resolution is obtained and the eviction is avoided, the filing remains hidden for the resident.
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