Rent And Paying Rent

Authored By: Lagniappe Law Lab
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About Rent And Paying Rent

When it comes to issues with rental levels for a home, tenants may encounter various concerns such as the amount of rent they are required to pay, permissible rent increases, and the protections afforded to them under local laws or housing programs. 

Rent issues are governed by the Louisiana Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (LRLTA), which outlines the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. Here are some key points to consider regarding rent-related matters under Louisiana law.

What You Need To Know

When you rent a place to live, you usually agree on how often you'll pay the rent, like every month or week. The amount of rent is usually decided by talking with the person who owns the place or by looking at what other places cost in the area. The rent might be different depending on where the place is, how big it is, what features it has, and how many people want to live there.

As a tenant, it's your responsibility to pay the rent on time and in the way you agreed with the owner or in the lease agreement.

In Louisiana, landlords can usually increase the rent unless there are rules in the lease agreement that says otherwise. The state doesn't have statewide laws that limit rent increases, so landlords can decide how much to raise the rent.

However, in some specific areas or cities in Louisiana, there might be local rules or laws that control how much rent can be increased. These rules are known as rent control or rent stabilization measures, and they might place restrictions on how much landlords can raise the rent.

If a landlord wants to raise the rent, they have to give the tenant a written notice before the increase goes into effect.

The law in Louisiana doesn't say exactly how much notice the landlord should give, so it's a good idea for landlords to give the tenant a reasonable amount of notice before increasing the rent.

If tenants in Louisiana don't pay their rent on time, landlords can add late fees to the amount they owe.

The law in Louisiana doesn't set a specific limit on how much landlords can charge for late fees. However, the late fees should be fair and clearly stated in the lease agreement.

If a tenant asks for it, landlords in Louisiana have to give them a written receipt for the rent they paid.

It's a good idea for tenants to keep their own records of rent payments, like receipts or canceled checks, as evidence that they've paid the rent.

If a tenant doesn't pay their rent, they can face serious consequences, like being charged late fees, penalties, or even getting evicted from the property.

If a tenant fails to pay rent, landlords in Louisiana can start the process to evict them. Before filing a lawsuit, landlords have to give the tenant a written notice that asks for the overdue rent and gives them a specific time period (usually 5 days) to pay it.

If a tenant owes rent money, the landlord can take legal action to collect it. They may file a lawsuit specifically to get the unpaid rent, and they can also take the tenant's personal belongings, like furniture and appliances, as a way to recover the money owed.

Even if the tenant has moved out and the landlord can't find them, the court has a process that allows the landlord to still get a judgment against the tenant for the unpaid rent. This means the court can officially declare that the tenant owes the money and the landlord has the right to collect it.

Last Review and Update: Jun 27, 2023
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