Louisiana Landlord-Tenant Laws

Louisiana Rental Laws

Termination for Nonpayment Notice
(Eviction Notice)
5-Day Notice
LA Code Civ Pro 4701
Termination for Lease Violation Notice5-Day Notice
LA Code Civ Pro 4701
Small Claim Court LimitLouisiana Small Claim Court Limit is $5,000
Handling Abandoned PropertyLA Civ Code 2707
LA Code Civ Pro 4705
Penalty for Self-Help EvictionDamages determined by the Court
Tenant Withholding Rent for RepairsLA Civ Code 2694
Required Disclosures Foreclosure Disclosure – disclosure of the rental property is currently subject to foreclosure and the right of tenants to be notified of future foreclosures.
Non-Refundable FeesLA Civ Code 2703
Security Deposit RulesSecurity Deposit Amount: No Limit; No advanced notice required; Deadline to return deposit: One month
Month-to-Month Notice10 Days
Payment of RentLA Civ Code 2703
Property Entry
No notice specified

Art. 4701. Termination of lease; notice to vacate; waiver of notice

When a lessee’s right of occupancy has ceased because of the termination of the lease by expiration of its term, action by the lessor, nonpayment of rent, or for any other reason, and the lessor wishes to obtain possession of the premises, the lessor or his agent shall cause written notice to vacate the premises to be delivered to the lessee. The notice shall allow the lessee not less than five days from the date of its delivery to vacate the leased premises.

If the lease has no definite term, the notice required by law for its termination shall be considered as a notice to vacate under this Article. If the lease has a definite term, notice to vacate may be given not more than thirty days before the expiration of the term.

A lessee may waive the notice requirements of this Article by written waiver contained in the lease, in which case, upon termination of the lessee’s right of occupancy for any reason, the lessor or his agent may immediately institute eviction proceedings in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title XI of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure.


Art. 2707. Lessor’s privilege

To secure the payment of rent and other obligations arising from the lease of an immovable, the lessor has a privilege on the lessee’s movables that are found in or upon the leased property.

In an agricultural lease, the lessor’s privilege also encompasses the fruits produced by the land.

Acts 2004, No. 821, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005.

Art. 2694. Lessee’s right to make repairs

If the lessor fails to perform his obligation to make necessary repairs within a reasonable time after demand by the lessee, the lessee may cause them to be made. The lessee may demand immediate reimbursement of the amount expended for the repair or apply that amount to the payment of rent, but only to the extent that the repair was necessary and the expended amount was reasonable.

Acts 2004, No. 821, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005.


Art. 2703. When and where rent is due

In the absence of a contrary agreement, usage, or custom:

(1) The rent is due at the beginning of the term. If the rent is payable by intervals shorter than the term, the rent is due at the beginning of each interval.

(2) The rent is payable at the address provided by the lessor and in the absence thereof at the address of the lessee.

Acts 2004, No. 821, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005.

Landlord-Tenant State Laws