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Basic Landlord-Tenant Law

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Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

Not sure where to start your legal research? Try the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for Divorce, Child Custody, Employment Law, and private Landlord-Tenant Law.

About Rent and Paying Rent

When must your landlord accept late rent? Can you deduct repair costs from rent? Find answers to these and other questions in this article.

Can I Cancel My Lease Early?

Find out more about when and how a renter might be able to get out of a lease before the lease term is over.

Flood and Fire Victims' Rights as Tenants

Common questions asked by tenants who suffer flood or fire damage.

Differences in Landlord-Tenant Law in Louisiana

Residential rentals are governed by the Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (URLTA) in many states. Not Louisiana. Here are several important ways landlord-tenant law is different in Louisiana.

Entering and Signing A Lease

Questions and answers about leases and what a tenant should think about before signing a lease.

Issues and Solutions for Problem Neighbors

About tenants' remedies for problem neighbors.

Tenant's Right to Privacy

When and under what circumstances can a landlord enter rented premises? Click this resource for information about tenant's privacy rights.

Common Reasons for Eviction and Their Defenses

This guide is adapted from information provided by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. The guide covers evictions for lease violations, nonpayment of rent, expiration of a written lease, and no cause evictions.

What Rights Do Tenants Have in Evictions?

Can my landlord lock me out? What's the eviction process?

About Housing Discrimination and Fair Housing

This article provides an overview of federal and state fair housing laws. It also includes some examples of situations which may be found to be discrimination in fair housing. If you feel that you have experienced housing discrimination, this article includes a link to file a complaint.

Eviction Process Guide

This guide is adapted from information provided by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. This guide lays out the step-by-step process for evictions in Louisiana. It is intended to provide information to both tenants facing eviction and landlords who need to access the Court for evictions.

How Can I Make Repairs and Deduct the Cost from My Rent in Louisiana?

In some situations, tenants in Louisiana can make repairs to leased property and deduct the cost of the repairs from their rent. BUT using this "repair and deduct" procedure can be tricky. Doing it wrong can lead to eviction and damage costs. This article explains the notice a tenant is required to give their landlord when repairs are needed and the legal standards that must be met in completing repairs for the tenant to validly reduce their rent.

Inheriting an Interest in a Lease

This guide discusses the basic rights and responsibilities of people that inherit an interest in a lease. It includes information for both people that inherit an interest as a renter and a landlord.

Louisiana Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities

Individuals who let out their property to residential tenants have responsibilities under Louisiana law and their rights to the leased property are limited during the term of the tenant's lease. This article lays out a landlord's rights to their property and responsibilities to tenants during a residential lease.

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

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