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  • 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. Now you can also hear a sound recording of this LawHelp item! Click on the title to find out more. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • About Your Security Deposit - How to Get It Back

    ALERT! The Louisiana Law covering security deposits is changing as of January 1, 2019. Please watch this space for updates as to how those changes may affect your situation. Do you know how to get your money back from your ex-landlord? Find out what steps you can take. Read the question and answer sheet. The Q&A also has sample letters to send your landlord. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Before You Rent or Sign a Lease--Tips for Renters

    Tips for prospective renters. You can also listen to a recording this LawHelp item. Click on the title for more. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Consumer Law -- information from the Louisiana State Bar Association

    Here is basic information about some landlord-tenant issues, power of attorney, small claims court, and Louisiana's motor vehicle "Lemon Law." Content Detail

  • Eviction - How Can I Tell If I Have a Defense?

    Here are questions and answers about different defenses to an eviction. You can also listen to a sound recording of this item. Click on the title to see this item and to click to play the recording. Read all of the eviction information sheets under Know Your Rights. Click on "Self Help" to find more information about evictions and what you can do if your landlord is trying to evict you. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Evictions--What Rights Do I Have?

    Questions and answers about evictions, how the process works and what rights a tenant has. You can also listen to a sound recording of this LawHelp item. Just click on the name of this item to find out more. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Flood and Fire Victims' Rights as Tenants

    Common questions asked by tenants who suffer flood or fire damage. Check out also the item on this site about getting your landlord to make repairs: "Repairs: what can I do when my landlord won't make them." Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Help for Tenants, Homeowners and Homeless Persons (National Housing Law Project)

    Here are links and other information from the National Housing Law Project targeted to tenants, homeowners and homeless people. Content Detail

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    National Housing Law Project
  • How to Get Legal Help/Como Obtener Ayuda Legal

    Information in English and Spanish about how to get help from programs that offer free help to qualified people. Lea aquí para aprender cómo obtener ayuda gratis con problemas legales, ayuda de los programas para las personas de ingresos bajos. Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • In Forma Pauperis--When You Can't Afford Court Costs

    Questions and answers about how to ask the court to waive court filing fees, and a link to the In Forma Pauperis form on the Louisiana Supreme Court's website. You can also click below to watch and see the presentation. The text of questions and answers has more details. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
  • Justices of the Peace & Constables Directory

    Click on the link to find this Justices of the Peace & Constables Directory, from site of the Louisiana Attorney General. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Attorney General
  • Just Moved to Louisiana? How Our Landlord-Tenant Law Is Different. Video English/Espanol

    Just Moved to Louisiana? How Our Landlord-Tenant Law Is Different. ¿Acabó de Mudar a Louisiana? Cómo Nuestra ley de Arrendador e Inquilino es Diferente. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Leases--Common Questions

    Questions and answers about leases and what a tenant should think about before signing a lease. You can now listen to a sound recording of this LawHelp item. Click on this item to find out more. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Neighbor Problems?

    Tenant's remedies for bad neighbors Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Practical Advice on Housing Law

    This ABA webpage offers "Practical Law" information on different legal problems, including housing problems such as buying, selling or renting. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association
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