(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 16, 2009 - Under a bill passed unanimously by the Indiana House Monday, tenants would have to be informed if a structure on the property they are renting is located in a 100-year-flood plain.
House Bill 1473, authored by Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), covers residential, agricultural and commercial rental agreements. The vote was 99-0, and the bill now heads to the Senate.
"The devastating floods that took place during the summer of 2008 exposed areas where Indiana's code was lacking," said Rep. Smith. "After the torrents of water had subsided, FEMA provided aid, but did not make everyone whole.
"While talking to residents and businesses affected by the flood waters, I discovered many renters did not have flood insurance, not out of neglect, but because they did not know they were located in a flood plain."
Rep. Smith encourages local constituents to contact him through e-mail at email@example.com, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.