Renting an apartment in Indianapolis, IN when there have been prior evictions can sometimes be tricky. It is best to be upfront with the landlord. They may require references and a security deposit in order to rent the apartment.
In some States, yes, in others, no. Check out state and city landlord-tenant laws before you sign a lease and tender a check for such a large amount.
Yes, it's advisable - otherwise, the landlord could require a co-signer above age 18 to also sign the lease.
Not all do. The purpose of a letter for rent payment is basically something a landlord can require prior to renting an apartment to you. This letter basically just states that you paid your rent on time every month. It is just a method landlords use to verify your rental history.
Not all rentals require leases. It is very possible to be renting on a month-to-month basis. The downside to this is that your landlord can raise your rent at any time or evict you whenever they want.
Most states, including Illinois, require that apartment tenants be at least 18 years of age. The landlord's insurance may not cover rentals that are given to teenagers.
In any situation, if there are code violations, the tenant needs to notify the landlord, and give him an opportunity to correct. Some municipalities require that a landlord get a Certificate of Occupancy from them before renting - check with your local building or health inspector. But, that is an issue between the town and the landlord, not usually the tenant.
That all depends on the landlord, and the local laws. Sometimes some utilities are included in the rent, sometimes they are not. For example, some places have laws that require landlords to provide water.
Yes! Your landlord can require anything he wants in the lease.
This depends on your landlord. Even if your landlord doesn't require renters insurance, you should buy a policy anyway, since you're going to have stuff of your own in your apartment.