Renting Or Leasing A Home
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This category is about the process of renting or leasing a home, and problems that may come up while renting a home, mobile home lot, or while living in a group home or homeless shelter. It includes landlord-tenant issues for private rentals, subsidized homes, public homes, or other situations where the person living in the property doesn't own it.
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.
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.
Early Lease Cancellation
This resource covers situations in which a landlord or tenant wants to end a rental agreement early, in order to have the tenant leave before the lease specifies. This could be in situations where the tenant is unhappy with the housing, and wants to leave early. Or, it could be when the landlord wants to have the tenant leave, even though the lease is for a longer term.
Common Questions About Leases
Questions and answers about leases and what a tenant should think about before signing a lease.
Flood and Fire Victims' Rights as Tenants
Common questions asked by tenants who suffer flood or fire damage.
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.
Leases and Rental Agreements for Residential Rental Property
This resource covers the process of receiving, understanding, negotiating, and signing a lease between a landlord and tenant. This includes how a tenant can ensure the lease is fair, raise any objections, protect their rights, and deal with other issues with the lease. It can also be about how to understand, modify, or challenge a lease after signing it.
Lease Terms and Automatic Renewal Clauses
This resource covers how a tenant and landlord may agree to lease terms and conditions. This includes information about leases with automatic renewal clauses.
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.
Tenants can benefit from obtaining renter's insurance since it protects their personal belongings against damage or loss and can cover personal liability when someone is injured on the property that they rent.
Rule for Possession - Answer to Eviction Form
This resource includes a sample answer form that you can use to respond to an eviction lawsuit filed against you.
Tenants Living in Federal Subsidized Housing
This resource covers information about tenants living in federal subsidized housing. (i.e. Section 8 voucher-recipients). This resource includes information about applicable federal housing laws to subsidized housing.
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.
What Happens to a Lease When the Property is Sold or Foreclosed on?
This resource goes over what happens to a lease when the property is sold to someone else, foreclosed upon, or auctioned at a tax sale. Content adapted from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services resources.
What Rights Do Tenants Have in Evictions?
This resource is about what a tenant can do after they get evicted from a home. A tenant has the right to their own defense against an eviction. This includes living conditions (habitability) defenses against an eviction. Military service-member's protections around an eviction, notice and procedural defenses against an eviction. Retaliatory eviction defenses against an eviction. Title and ownership defenses against an eviction.
What to Do About Housing Code Violations
Louisiana state and local laws protect tenants from unsafe and unsanitary living conditions. This article provides information for tenants who may be living in a rented home that violates the state or local housing codes.