Louisiana Rental Laws

Written on September 27, 2014 by , updated on August 31, 2018

flag-of-louisianaThis article summarizes some key Louisiana Landlord-Tenant Laws applicable to residential rental units.

The Official State Statutes and other reputable municipal sources were used to research this information. All sources are cited appropriately.

With that said, landlord-tenant laws are always changing, and may even vary from county to county.  You have a responsibility to perform your own research and cautiously apply the laws to your unique situation.

If you have a legal question or concern, I only recommend contacting a licensed attorney referral service that is operated by the state bar association. This article is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice.

Official Rules and Regulations

Security Deposit:

  • Security Deposit Maximum: No statute
  • Security Deposit Interest: No statute
  • Separate Security Deposit Bank Account: No statute
  • Pet Deposits: No statute
  • Deadline for Returning Security Deposit: One month (§3251)
  • Permitted Uses of the Deposit:
    • To remedy a default of the tenant;
    • To remedy unreasonable wear to the premises. (§3251)
  • Require Written Description/Itemized List of Damages and Charges: Yes (§3251)
  • Record Keeping of Deposit Withholdings: No statute
  • Receipt of Deposit: No statute
  • Failure to Comply: If landlord fails to return deposit according to §3251, tenant may sue to recover actual damages or $200, whichever is greater. (§3252)

Lease, Rent & Fees:

  • Rent Is Due: As stated in the lease, otherwise, rent is due at the beginning of each rent-paying interval. (CC 2703)
  • Rent Increase Notice: No statute
  • Rent Grace Period: No statute
  • Late Fees: Only if stated in the lease (Attorney General’s Guide to Louisiana Landlord & Tenant Laws (Page 11) (PDF))
  • Prepaid Rent: No statute
  • Tenant Allowed to Withhold Rent for Failure to Provide Essential Services (Water, Heat, etc.): No statute
  • Tenant Allowed to Repair and Deduct Rent: Yes, tenant may make necessary and reasonable repairs and deduct the costs of the repairs from the rent if landlord fails to make the repairs within a reasonable time after demand by tenant. (CC 2694)
  • Landlord Allowed to Recover Court and Attorney Fees: In a lawsuit over landlord’s failure to comply with deposit return requirements, the court may choose to award attorney fees to the prevailing party. For oral leases only, in a lawsuit for unpaid rent, tenant is liable for reasonable attorney fees when judgment is made in landlord’s favor. (§3253 and §3259)
  • Landlord Must Make a Reasonable Attempt to Mitigate Damages to Lessee, including an Attempt to Rerent:
    Statute does not reference a requirement to attempt to rerent, however, if tenant has been evicted, or if the premises are rendered uninhabitable through no fault of the tenant, the landlord shall be required to mitigate damages. (§3260)
  • Abandonment/Early Termination Fee: No statute

Notices and Entry:

  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy – Fixed End Date in Lease: No notice is required as the lease simply ends, unless the lease is extended by fact of the tenant remaining in the premises for longer than a week past the end of the lease without notice to vacate or terminate. If that happens, the lease is extended to month-to-month for leases whose term is a month or longer. (CC 2720, CC 2721, CC 2723)
  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy – Yearly Lease with No End Date: 30-day written notice before the end of the year (CC 2728)
  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy – Month-to-Month Lease: 10-day written notice before the end of the month (CC 2728)
  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy – Week-to-Week Lease: 5-day written notice before the end of the week (CC 2728)
  • Termination of Tenancy with 24 Hours Notice: No statute
  • Notice of Date/Time of Move-Out Inspection: No statute
  • Notice of Termination of Week-to-Week Leases for Nonpayment: No statute
  • Notice of Termination of All Other Leases for Nonpayment: 5-day written notice (CCP 4701)
  • Termination for Lease Violation: 5-day written notice (CCP 4701)
  • Required Notice before Entry: No statute
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Maintenance and Repairs (non-emergency): No statute
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Showings: No statute
  • Emergency Entry Allowed without Notice: No statute
  • Entry Allowed During Tenant’s Extended Absence: No statute
  • Notice to Tenants for Pesticide Use: No statute
  • Lockouts Allowed: No, if the landlord locks tenant out, puts tenant’s possessions on the street or otherwise takes the law into his or her own hands, the landlord may be liable for damages for wrongful eviction. (Attorney General’s Guide to Louisiana Landlord & Tenant Laws (Page 25) (pdf))
  • Utility Shut-offs Allowed: No

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Name and Addresses: No statute
  • Copy of the Lease: No statute
  • Domestic Violence Situations:
    • Protection from Termination: A local housing authority may not terminate a tenancy for reasons of domestic abuse, dating violence, or family violence against a tenant, but may terminate the tenancy of or any other assistance provided to the perpetrator of such abuse or violence. (§40:506(D))
  • Landlord’s Duties: (CC 2682)
    • Possession: Deliver possession of the premises to the tenant;
    • Maintenance: Maintain the premises in a habitable condition;
    • Quiet Enjoyment: Protect the lessee’s peaceful possession for the duration of the lease.
    • Repairs: Make all repairs necessary to maintain the premises in a habitable condition, except those for which the tenant is responsible. (CC 2691)
  • Tenant’s Duties: (CC 2683)
    • Rent: Pay the rent in accordance with the agreed terms;
    • Prudent Use: Use the premises in accordance with the purpose for which it was leased;
    • Trash: Return the premises at the end of the lease in a condition that is the same as it was when possession was delivered, except for normal wear and tear.
    • Notification of Damage: Tenant is obligated to notify landlord if the premises have been damaged or requires repair, or if tenant’s possession has been disturbed by a third party. (CC 2688)
    • Alterations Prohibited: Tenant may not make any alterations to the premises. (CC 2690)
    • Repairs: Repair damage caused by tenant or anyone on the premises with tenant’s consent, or by tenant’s use of the premises that exceeds the normal wear and tear. (CC 2692)
  • Retaliation: No statute
  • Lead Disclosure:  Landlords must disclose all known lead paint hazards. Landlords must also provide tenants, as an attachment to a written lease, with an information pamphlet on lead-based paint hazards.

Court Related:

Business Licenses:

  • Business License Required: No statewide statute, but local cities and counties may have regulations and requirements. Check with your local governing authority.
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244 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • karneeca spears

    My landlord is trying to evict me but I paid my rent my son broke a window she told me she was going to make a payment plain but the window is still broke

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Karneeca,

      If she is claiming that you violated the lease somehow, then she could try to evict you. However, I’m not sure a Judge would enforce an eviction over a broken window accident.

      You should probably talk to a lawyer, or a free legal aid service if your landlord actually tries to terminate your lease.

      • Laura Jackson

        I recently left my apartment due to my landlord using my electricity to cut the grass also having no second door to exit in case of a fire also the sewage backed up in our house on several occasions I talked to them and let them know that if I could not move into the back apartment that had two doors I would vacate I sent him several messages asking if I can move to the back not a good idea because I knew of the sewage issue they did not respond timely the next month came I sent them a message saying that we were leaving because they wouldn’t respond to us they showed up at the house to cut the grass after 2-3 months I ask them when I can get my deposit back they were belligerent with me and told me I would not be receiving anything because I did not get a 10 day written notice my rental agreement says the lease renewed upon mutual agreement between the lesser and lessee we never had an agreement I just did not get kicked out what do you think I can do about getting my deposit?

        • Lucas Hall

          Hi Laura,

          Whenever there is a dispute over a deposit return, and the landlord is not showing any signs of giving in, then the tenants best (an one of the only options), is to file a case in small claims court in your county. Let a judge hear the case, and rule accordingly. That’s what I would do if I were in your situation, however, keep in mind that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice.

  • martha

    I rented a place Oct 26/14. We rented a four bedroom, we have myself,my husband and two blood related nephews living with us. The place needed multiple repairs and we were aware of them and had no problem. The shower broke and we asked if we could repair and the landlord said no, they would. When they came out they repaired the shower and then handed me a two hundred dollar a month increase in rent starting January. I found a statue that what they did was illegal but I am handing them a thirty day notice in December to be effective January. They are also kinda weird in constantly telling us how to clean a clean tub , to only use products they say and wanting to do things like inspect our vacuum plus constantly saying our nephews are smoking in the house when they are not. I use oxygen and can not stand smoke at all but I asked the landlords for screens when I asked for the shower to be repaired and they did not bring them. I have taken pictures of house upon moving in, parked where they said to park, allow no one to wear shoes in my house, not even them when they come yet they continue to harass about such things. What agency exist to report such actions by landlords. After handing me the increase they started making comments about the parking area stating they would have to level it out but it is where they told us to park. Is there no agency to protect tenants. I told them when they gave me the increase that I would not pay it and would find another place. They laughed at me and said try it. I have already found another home. They also told us they would charge fifty dollars a week per grandchild if they came to visit us. These people need to be reported to someone. Thanks. There is a lot more to say but I will leave it as it is

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Martha,

      Unfortunately, housing agencies and tenants rights groups don’t really handle verbal harassment. What they do handle is when a landlord violates statutes or fails to provide a habitable dwelling.

      I know your landlords are annoying, but did they violate the lease or fail to provide housing that is livable?

      You mentioned that they raised the rent…. did you have a fixed term lease, or was it a monthly lease?

      In the article above there is a list of legal aid providers who can help you: http://www.landlordology.com/louisiana-landlord-tenant-laws/#court

  • Adam

    Last month an agent with my property manager showed up at my door stating that he needed to show the house to a prospective buyer right then and there. The house was never listed for sale. I allowed the showing even though I was given zero notice. The sale took place last week and now with 5 days notice the new owner has stated the rent is higher and due 2 days earlier than my current lease states with a higher penalty if it’s paid later. Is this legal considering my lease doesn’t expire until July 31, 2015? I live in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Adam

      So sorry for the delayed response.

      As far as I can tell, Louisiana does not have a statute that forces the landlord (or agents) to give a specific amount of notice before arriving.

      Generally speaking, a new owner CANNOT change an existing lease. He/she must honor the previous lease until it expires. Here’s a related podcast episode that I did: http://www.landlordology.com/ask-lucas/006-lease-termination-at-sale-of-property/

      Please know that I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. I hope it works out for you.

      • Elizabeth Kable

        There is a statute for 24 hour notice, unless your lease specifically says they do not have to give this notice. Civil Code 1354 states you can give notice to enter within a 24 notice. Normal business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only in an emergency situation can they enter without notice. Oral notice can be given for sale showing, but still has to be 24 hours.

  • Alice

    I was just wondering if there is a law where a tenant has to vacate when the house is being shown to prospective tenants? I am the tenant…and the level of respect from the landlord I have received is none. I am concerned about the landlord being in the premises with my belongings. Thank you!
    Alice

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Alice,

      I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve never heard of such a law. The tenant has the right to freely occupy the unit without restriction. However, check your lease, because you might have agreed to vacating during showings – you never know.

      Good luck! I hope it gets better!

  • Dawn

    I live in Lafayette, LA. I recently visited an apartment complex and was told that an administrative fee ($150) in addition to an application fee and deposit would be required to rent there? When I asked what the admin fee paid for, the leasing agent had no idea. Eventually she asked the manager who told me that it was a corporate thing and that it paid for attorney fees and paperwork… Is this legal?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Dawn

      I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve never heard of a limit on application fees in Louisiana. Other states, like California, and cities like NYC have limits, but I don’t think Louisiana does. What you’re seeing is capitalism at it’s best. An you have the freedom to take your business elsewhere.

      I’m sorry about the delayed response. Did you end up signing a lease there?

  • Jack Hunter

    My fiancee and I are renting a 3200 sqf extended double wide on 2 acres lot. He still owes on the trailer and lot to the bank. Is it illegal for him to rent it out since he still owes on the property and is possibly pocketing some of the extra cash ? The reason I am asking is due to the fact that we have found other places that are way cheaper and nicer and we are wanting to leave. But if it is illegal then we could leave without any repercussions legally.

    • A landlord

      Perfectly legal. People buy rental property all the time and have it mortgaged. Who pays cash for a house??

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Jack

      In my opinion, the majority of rentals in the US probably have a mortgage on them. Generally speaking, the purpose of being in the rental business is to make a profit – just like any other business.

  • Nosmo King

    I inherited an older house and put $30,000 into renovations: new a/c, new floors, painted the entire house, plus renovated the kitchen and bathrooms. It’s all new and very CLEAN. My first tenants just moved out , and every prospective tenant smokes!! I state clearly in the ads and on my application that this is a NON SMOKING residence and there is no smoking inside, and they all have ignored it. The most recent showing was to a 30 year old who looked 50, yellow teeth, raspy voice, smelled like an ash tray, and even managed a Smoke N Go store. I spoke to a realtor and she told me that there was nothing I could do about the smoking. I’d just have to deep clean after they move. I really, really do not want someone smoking inside my home because I’ll never get it completely out. Is that true — that I have no say so about renting to smokers??

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Nosmo,

      That Realtor is incorrect. Generally speaking, a landlord is allowed to prohibit smoking in the lease, and even specify a fine if the rule is broken.

      It’s the same for hotels. When you check into any major hotel, they make you sign a no smoking document which means that you acknowledge the no smoking rule, and agree to pay a very hefty fine (sometimes $500-$1000) if you break the rule and they have to deep clean it. And that’s just for a few nights, and it’s only one room!

      If you put it in the lease, then breaking the rule constitutes a lease violation. If they violate the lease by smoking, a landlord can terminate the lease for the violation. In Louisiana, a landlord only has to give 5 day written notice to remedy or quit for a violation according to CCP 4701 http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?p=y&d=112073

      With that said, you have a choice to make. Do you rent to a smoker, and get rental income now, or hold out for a non-smoker later? In my opinion, smoking will cause WAAAAY more financial damage than if it stays vacant for another month or two.

      I NEVER allow tenants to smoke IN the property. I’ve rented to smokers before, but always tell that they can’t smoke in the house. If they do, there is a $1000 fine, plus any other damages to remove the smell/tar. I put this in my lease too – but obviously prefer non-smokers.

      It’s a good screening tool too. If they aren’t willing to follow that simple rule, they probably won’t pay rent on time either.

      Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice. I’m just an experienced landlord, trying to help.

  • kerrie jenson

    Can my landlord hold my possessions in the house I was evicted from until I pay the late rent?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Kerrie,

      Sorry for the late reply. The landlord can’t steal your stuff, but if you were formally evicted, then they certainly don’t have to let you back in. A landlord has a responsibility to protect the items, but that could also mean moving them to a storage facility. In many states (but not sure about Louisiana), if the tenant wants their abandoned stuff from a storage facility, they would have to pay the bill at the facility. I don’t see why it would be any different if the property was in the house.

      Anyway, that’s just my opinion as an experienced landlord. I’m not a lawyer, so please don’t take this as legal advice.

  • Shelly

    I transferred into a renovated HUD assisted apartment in December 2014 from an older apartment at the complex. Within the first week the plumbing backed up four times and has several times since . I have a disability that limits my mobility and affects my immune system. I also have a toddler with respiratory issues and other allergies. The fire alarms(4) go off randomly and I have reported this more than once just to have nothing done to alleviate the noise. I was told “It may be something in the wiring”. I stayed because I had no place to go. Recently, sewage had backed up halfway down the hallway going into my daughter’s closet soaking some of her items which she had to discard. The water had fecal particles in it and the smell was awful. The tub was also full. I had to get it up. The plumber seemed to fix it this time. It’s been 3 to 4 weeks since. My question after that is how do I legally get out of the lease without having any legal obligations or financial bindings?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Shelly,

      Generally speaking, a tenant can terminate a lease without consequence if the landlord fails to provide a habitable dwelling. Having raw sewage backup into your tub, on many occasions, would definitely affect habitability.

      However, if it were only a one-time occurrence, and the landlord fixed it permanently, then you wouldn’t have an argument. But since it keeps happening, you have a strong argument.

      My suggest to you would be to contact a local legal aid service provider, and ask them to write you “Notice to Remedy or Quit” letter. There are a bunch of legal aid providers listed in the “Court Related” section above, and they might be able to help you for free, or at very little cost: http://www.landlordology.com/louisiana-landlord-tenant-laws/#court

      Good luck! I hope you stand up for yourself, and get the help you need. Please know that I am not a lawyer nor is this legal advice.

  • marie

    My husband and I were visiting sick in laws over night and a storm uprooted a tree onto our vehicle totalling it. My in laws rent and landlord says homeowners insurance does not want to cover it. The landlord lives out of state and employees real estate to handle house and groundskeeper to handle up keep of property. Father in law says he told groundskeeper that tree was leaning but nothing was ever done. What are our options if any we’re in Louisiana. Thanks

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Marie,

      I’m sure the homeowners insurance doesn’t “want” to cover it (if the landlord asked the insurance company at all).

      You’d have to talk to a licensed insurance agent in Louisiana. I’m not sure what the laws are in this instance. In my state, this would be covered by the homeowners policy, because it was the owners tree that did the damage. In other states, a tree is “no-fault” damage, and each party covers their own damage.

      There are a few helpful links re: insurance in the “helpful links” section above: http://www.landlordology.com/louisiana-landlord-tenant-laws/#links

  • jeanette

    My tenant was arrested for drug possession with intent to distribute and having illegal firearms. The police searched the house and pretty much left the house in a disastrous state. I have posted a notice to vacate because of criminal activities. How long do I have to wait to dispose of personal property of tenant? Am I within my legal rights to evict without any further notice?

  • Ashleigh Duhe

    I have an appointment to turn in my rental application to a potential apartment complex in 2 hours. Along with my application, 3 previous check stubs, and a photo copy of my DL, I am required to write two separate checks: 1 check equaling the amounts of both the application fee and administration few, the 2nd check reflecting a $400 application deposit. At the bottom on my application, the fine print indicates that an application fee and a security fee are two separate things. I have done a bit of online research, and have been unsuccessful in finding specific laws on this topic. I am uncomfortable with providing an “application deposit” without actually having viewed the unit. Is it fair to request that I date the 1st check for today, and the second check for my application deposit on the date I am scheduled to view the unit?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Ashleigh,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I too would be uncomfortable with providing an non-refundable application deposit without having seen the unit. I think that’s unrealistic for them to ask.

      However, post-dating checks is probably not the best way to go about fixing it. They might consider that going against the whole point of providing a holding deposit, and consider it as if you didn’t provide a check at all.

      You’ve probably already dealt with it, but if you haven’t, I’d suggest forcing them to show you the unit first, before you apply.

      Good luck!

  • Elizabeth Paille

    hi, I’m from Louisiana and I have been renting from a couple since February. They refuse to give me a copy of my lease, will only accept cash for rent. The landlord has cussed me out twice and I am not able to talk to him because he gets mean. I’m thinking he has been coming in my home while my kids are at school and I’m at work. The oven does not work in the kitchen so I have to go into the workshop that is attached to the home and use that oven where I have my lawnmower, gas cans with gas in them, wasp nest. He refuses to fix the inside oven because he says it’s will cost $500. All windows in the home are painted shut so they can’t be opened. That scares me in case of a fire. If kitchen catches on fire that is my kids and I only way out is threw a bedroom window. I’m startin to fear for my safety and that of my kids because of how mean this man can be. I may break my lease because of this. I know u are not a lawyer but any advice would greatly be appreciated! !!!

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Here’s what I know:

      1. Generally speaking, there has to be a few working windows or alternative doors, as to provide a form of escape in an emergency,
      2. The unit must have a working stove (which you do, albeit, it’s not in the house)
      3. There is no statute in Louisiana that requires a landlord to give notice before entering a property, although every judge I’ve ever met frowns on landlords who do not give some notice
      4. There is no statute that regulates giving a tenant a copy of the lease, although that’s the standard, and is just common sense.

      I would suggest you figure out a way to leave because that landlord sounds sketchy. If you are in a month-to-month lease, you could terminate it with only 10 days notice. (CC 2728). If you want to try to terminate a fixed-term lease because of landlord’s violation, then you would have to send notice of the violation, and give him appropriate time to fix it. I always suggest anyone talk to a lawyer, or a legal aid service provider before sending a notice, just to make sure it’s done right.

      I hope that helps. Best of luck to you.

  • Jacque

    I paid half my deposit on a rent home and change my mind regarding moving in and now the land lord is refusing to give my money! Is that legal?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Jacque,

      The money you provided is very common, and is often called a “holding deposit”. The purpose of a holding deposit is to say that you are committed. If you back out, you will lose it. I believe that most landlords require a deposit of 1 month’s rent, so consider yourself lucky that you only lost half a month.

      Though you never signed a lease, you are forcing the landlord to lose time – time that he’ll never get back, time that he could have used to find a tenant who would actually follow-though on the the lease signing. That time is a real and tangible loss, one that you are responsible for. The landlord can’t get back his time, nor can you get back your deposit.

      Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice. Sorry it wasn’t the answer you were hoping for.

  • Marvin

    My tenants signed a 1yr lease. $1000/mo. They are military to stay in LA 2 yrs. so we put in a new fridge to help them out. 6 weeks after move in, he called with some things he noticed’ and wants me to lower the rent.
    1. they found a townhouse elsewhere for $800.
    2. the only internet avail. is cable. they want DSL which isn’t offered in town at all
    3. a two way light switch only works one way
    3. there is some junk in the shed and he will have to throw it away himself
    4. even though there is a utility room, they do not own a washer/dryer and have to go a block to the laundromat.
    5. there are things in the garage that do not belong to them — left over flooring and formica from renovations & an ironing board the last tenants left

    I’m not making this up.

    I told them they were under contract for 1 yr and they argued NO, it was month to month!! So they didn’t even read their lease. It is 12 months.

    SO what do you do with tenants like this?!?!

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Marvin,

      It’s great to meet you. I’m sorry your tenants are being picky. Here’s how I would respond in each of those situations:

      1. they found a townhouse elsewhere for $800.
      *** So what? My house is worth $1000, and we have a signed contract. There’s no such thing as a price-match guarantee in rental properties. This isn’t walmart.

      2. the only internet avail. is cable. they want DSL which isn’t offered in town at all
      *** DSL isn’t offered in town. There’s nothing I can do. The house wasn’t advertised as having DSL. Please take it up with the service provider. Perhaps you could convince them to run service into town.

      3. a two way light switch only works one way
      *** I’d probably send an electrician over to take a look. If the switch has gone bad, it might be a fire risk, so you should get this looked at.

      3. there is some junk in the shed and he will have to throw it away himself
      *** Is it your junk? Or a previous tenants? If the current tenant rented the whole premise, then he should have the right to use the whole shed, unless otherwise agreed to a partial share in the lease. The shed should have been cleaned out before he moved in, and therefore I would pay to have the stuff removed. If it was the previous tenant’s stuff, which has long been abandoned, I would have withheld the cost of the removal from the previous deposit (if I still had it)

      4. even though there is a utility room, they do not own a washer/dryer and have to go a block to the laundromat.
      *** I don’t see how this is your problem. Unless you promised to provider a W/D, then they knew what they were getting into.

      5. there are things in the garage that do not belong to them — left over flooring and formica from renovations & an ironing board the last tenants left
      *** It’s the landlord’s job to clear out the previous tenant’s stuff before the new tenant moves in. However, any supplies for the house usually can stay – flooring, paint, etc – unless it interferes with the use of the space. For example, if the flooring takes up so much space that it makes it difficult to park a car in the garage, then you should probably find a better space for it. Perhaps you could store it in the attic, or rafters.

      I hope that helps. Honestly, I think they are asking like children, but you still have to remain professional.

      If they continue to cause issues, then you could offer to let break the lease just so you don’t have to deal with them. I’ve done this before by saying:
      “Listen, it doesn’t seem like you’re happy here. If you want to leave, I’ll let you out of your lease if you find a qualified replacement tenant willing to sign a 12 month lease (or whatever term you want)”

      That way, they can leave, but it doesn’t cost you anything. Although I have a feeling that these tenants just like to complain.

      Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice.

  • Patti

    We moved here in November and have a one year lease. My landlords have recently mentioned that they might possibly be putting up the property for sale. We still have 6 months left on our lease and I wanted to know our rights as tenants.
    We pay our rent on time every month and have no issues with our landlords but just wanted to know our rights in case they try to make us leave before the lease is up.
    We have read and re read our lease and there is no early termination clause in there.
    Vacherie, LA

  • stacy wingate

    Hello. .. The home that i was renting from, the living room area burned and i dont have anywhere to go or anywhere to store my things. My landlord is wanting me to get my things out but i dont have anywhere to go or take my things to. How long can my property remain there before i have to legally move them?? And doesnt my landlord suppose to find me somewhere to stay until the place is fixe?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Stacy,

      It really all depends on if the lease has been terminated and if the home is now considered uninhabitable.

      If the unit is uninhabitable, then the landlord would need to provide an alternative dwelling if he/she wants to continue to receive rent.

      If the lease has been terminated due to uninhabitability or destruction of property, then you should move out and you’re on your own. If you had renter’s insurance, they would help pay for storage and other expenses to move.

      If you’re in a bind, you should talk to a lawyer, which I am not. There are multiple legal aid service providers in LA, and they can give you actual legal advice, which this is not.

  • Thomas

    Is there a law or procedure for putting my adult children out of my house. The police told me that I had to evict them. But they are not tenants and don’t pay bills. If there is a law which covers this type of situation, please advise me. Thanks.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Thomas

      Not that I know of, but I think it would be wise to talk to a lawyer about it since the police already gave your their opinion. I tend to agree with you that it’s not a landlord-tenant relationship, but neither are unlawful squatters and yet landlords must often go through an eviction for them, depending on their county laws. Please know that I’m not a lawyer.

  • Ron

    I’m in lake Charles Louisiana. I have 10 months left on my lease with the formal owner he sold it. The new owners want to raise the rent and have me sign a new lease can they legally do that?

  • Trinette Gray

    I have mold in my bathroom and have had since i moved here a year ago because there is no ventilation. We now have new management and when i told her about the mold her response was she can bleach kills everything. I spray and everything and it comes bk every 2 days. I talk her again and response i live in a humid environment. So what can i fo She asked if i wanted out my lease but will i be responsible for the rest of the lease if i let her release me from my lease.

  • Allyson

    Hi there,
    I am living in a furnished corporate rental house in New Orleans, and the home owner lives in the back part of the house. We signed a month to month lease back in March and are leaving at the end of this month. I believe the unit we are renting is illegal: the home owner/ landlord knocked on my door after calling 11 times to warn me that an insurance guy was coming to take pictures of the house because she is refinancing, and she had forgotten and wanted me to pretend I was her sister and not a renter so her insurance wouldn’t go up! Is the unit in fact illegal in this case? Clearly she does not pay insurance as a separate rentable unit, and we all share the same address and mail box.
    Frankly I am put off that she would have me lie and enter my home with no notice, and I feel uncomfortable living in an illegal unit. We rented through a third party corporate housing company.
    If it is illegal, is the lease enforceable? What are my rights to get my rent back or deposit? Thanks.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Allyson,

      Just because the landlord doesn’t want the insurance adjuster to know about the tenancy, doesn’t mean the unit is “illegal”. There are plenty of non-family members that occupy a single family residence, and it’s not considered “illegal”. I can’t speak to your unique unit, but just know that insurance is separate from zoning. Plus, you’d have to do some digging to see if your step is legal or illegal, and then you’d have to convince the landlord to release you without penalty. This will likely be challenging, so if he pushes back, you should probably talk to an attorney (which I am not).

  • crystal culberth

    I have been living in a rent to own home and I recently found mold and mildew in the kitchen once I bought a new frig they tried to connect the line for water and ice machine and omg we now have replace the wall and get treatment for the inside of cabinets but I have heart condition do I really feel healthy enough to go thru this ordeal or can just ask them to find me a new home oh and I did wiring replace all light fixtures and new water heater and the price of the election and plumbers new bathrm fixture including sink and new toilet

  • KDP

    If one housemate/tenant — who has a separate lease document — opts to put a separate (keyed) lock on her private bedroom door, does the landlord*, who is also a co-occupant, have a legal right to have copy of separate key?

    Housemate tenant would pay for said keyed lock from their own private funds.

    * Landlord on site is also the co-owner of the property, and is a family member – I am a non-occupant co-owner as well. We have a separate written lease with an unrelated individual who wants a lock on bedroom door.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi KDP,

      The lease should prohibit tenants from installing their own locks. But if it doesn’t, then generally speaking, a tenant cannot lock-out a landlord. If the lock gets changed, the landlord has a right to a key – after all, the property belongs to the landlord, and the landlord is allowed to enter the unit with proper notice. The landlord can’t really access the unit if he/she doesn’t have a key, right?!?.

  • Trish

    Hi my son signed a year lease in apartments in Baton Rouge when he first moved in the floor was flooded from dishwasher the apartment complex put in another dishwasher it still will not drain, several calls to fix problem and nothing to lit has to be flushed by taking lid off because the handle is broke have not fixed either he’s been their 6 months but ready to leave because of all the problems but they told him to get out of his lease it would be 3,500 is their anything he can do to break the lease without paying all that money? Help

    • Lucas Hall

      HI Trish,

      Sorry for the late reply. It’s possible to break a lease for material issues, but the tenant usually has to give a 5 day notice to remedy or quit – “IF” the issue is severe enough. (CCP 4701)
      http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?p=y&d=112073

      He might want to call the local county code enforcement office or talk to a lawyer about the specific issues to see if they warrant getting out of a lease.

  • Glo

    I’m currently renting & paying on time. I’m a non smoker and I can’t stand cigarette or cigar smoke. However everyday I can smell the smoke coming through the walls or vents. I have opened a maintenance ticket in the past but nothing was done. Can this be a reason to get out of my lease if it’s not resolved? I’m in the state of Louisiana

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Glo

      It could be a valid reason – but you’d either need to convince your landlord to let you out of the lease, or you’d have to force their hand. You might need help from a lawyer with that (which I am not).

      They really should be going after the smoker, who is interfering with your right to quiet enjoyment of the property.

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