Attention Louisiana renters: you have new rights and protections starting August 1st. This past legislative session, LaFHAC worked with our partners and supporters to help pass legislation that protects Louisiana renters from illegal evictions, including after hurricanes and other disasters.
There are three key protections in this new law:
While the new protections in place include some hurricane-specific protections, such as the thirty-day evacuation protection, these changes hold landlords accountable for any illegal eviction, whether storm-related or not.
There are a few things that will not change on August 1st. The state eviction law will remain the same. Another thing that won’t change is that only judges can decide whether a tenant will be forced to leave their home or not, through the eviction court process. Lastly, landlords can continue to enter damaged properties to assess damages or make urgent repairs.
If you are fighting an illegal eviction or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to contact the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center at (504)-596-2100 or toll-free at (877)-445-2100 for more information or assistance.