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Supreme Court travels to IU-Bloomington

October 14, 2008

The Indiana Supreme Court will be in Bloomington Thursday to hear arguments in a case involving a dispute between a landlord and his former tenants. The case, Stan Klotz v. Sarah Hoyt and Chrissy Kornmann, No. 18A02-0707-CV-556, is a landlord-tenant dispute over the payment of back rent and the return of a security deposit.

Stan Klotz filed a complaint against Sarah Hoyt and Chrissy Kornmann after they vacated an apartment they leased from Klotz without notifying him before the lease expired and left behind furniture and damage to the apartment. Klotz's complaint sought immediate possession of the residence and damages of approximately $10,000.

The trial court dismissed Klotz's complaint, but the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded with instructions to enter judgment in his favor to the tune of $6,000, the statutory limit in small claims court. The appellate court ruled the 45-day window for a landlord to give tenants an itemized damages list begins when the trial court enters an order of eviction against the tenants, not when the landlord notifies the tenants of his or her intent to seek an eviction order.

The arguments begin at noon in the Moot Court Room at Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.

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