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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.

What Do I Need to Know About Security Deposits and How Do I Get Mine Back?

At the start of a lease, it is customary for the tenant to provide a security deposit to the landlord. Here's what you need to know about security deposits and how to get yours back.

Preparing Your Small Claims Case

See this brochure to learn more about small claims court and how to prepare for your case there.

Entering and Signing A Lease

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

Getting Back Your Security Deposit

A step-by-step guide to requesting your security deposit from your landlord when you move out of a leased residence. Plus, what steps to take to sue your landlord if they fail to return the security deposit.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site covering topics in: (1) housing- avoiding foreclosure, buying a home, home improvements, homes for sale, HUD homes, senior citizens, homelessness, veterans; (2) fairness- including fair lending, housing discrimination and disabled persons, and; (3) rental assistance- housing choice voucher program (Section 8), Search for an apartment, contact a housing counseling agency.

Issue Guide: Asking the Court for a Fee Delayer Application - In Forma Pauper (IFP)

The law says an "individual who is unable to pay the costs of court because of his poverty and lack of means" may file without paying court costs. This is called filing in forma pauperis (IFP). It is important to know that filing the affidavit with the court does not automatically lead to IFP status.

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.

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