LandlordStation.com hopes that as a Louisiana landlord, you understand the importance of knowing your rights and responsibilities under Louisiana landlord tenant law. You should also have the same understanding of tenant responsibilities and rights in Louisiana since it can not only protect you legally and financially, but it can also make you a better landlord. We have a general overview of Louisiana landlord tenant law and how it applies to lessees. This is not to be taken as legal advice. When it comes to landlord tenant laws, Louisiana lawyers are the only authorities who should be consulted for legal advice on Louisiana lease agreements.
The laws governing the rights and responsibilities of Louisiana landlords and tenants are contained in specific parts of the Louisiana Civil Code, Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, and the Louisiana Revised Statutes, and an overview can also be found in a helpful online guide from the Louisiana Department of Justice Office. It is these laws that require you as a landlord to perform duties, like giving the tenant access to the property, which should be in good, habitable condition, at the agreed time, and maintaining that property in suitable condition throughout the lease. These laws also give you the right to eviction and the instructions on how to do so.
The same Louisiana landlord tenant law that gives rights and responsibilities to you as a landlord also establishes a list of renter rights and responsibilities. Though there is no legal requirement for you to know renters responsibilities and renters rights in Louisiana, there is a genuine benefit to having this knowledge. Renters rights and duties under the law are generally the inverse of what you have and face as landlord, so they aren't terribly difficult to learn.
Some of the responsibilities of a tenant in a Louisiana lease agreement include:
• Paying rent on time and according to the terms set forth in the lease agreement
• Returning the property in the same condition as it was rented, minus normal wear and tear
• Obtaining written permission from the landlord before altering any part of the rental premises
• Permitting the landlord to make necessary repairs that must be completed before the end of the lease agreement
• Using the property for the reason it was originally leased – misuse may give landlord right to lease dissolution
• Avoid causing any reckless or negligent damage to the rental property – damage caused in this manner by the lessee or his or her guests must be paid for by the lessee
• Informing the landlord of any damage to the rental premises or parts that need repair in a reasonable time and manner, whether or not the tenant is liable
A tenant's general legal rights in a tenancy agreement include:
• The right to privacy
• The right to habitable living space
• The right to make repairs in the negligence of the landlord to do so and deduct the cost from rent
• The right to an itemized list of deductions when the security deposit is partially or fully retained by the landlord
As you can see, when it comes to landlord tenant laws, Louisiana is generally pretty fair and balanced. Most of the rights and responsibilities as a landlord have corresponding renter's right and responsibilities. Understanding both sides of the picture can help you become a better landlord in many ways. First and foremost, you can proactively troubleshoot any issues or conflicts that may arise between you and your tenant regarding the property. Second, you will also be able to tell the difference between idle threats and what a tenant can legally do under the law, and this enables you to better protect yourself. Last, but definitely not least, you can empower your tenant with the same knowledge, so all parties in the lease agreement have a basic understanding of what is needed for a successful rental experience.
Remember, Landlord Station is not authorized to give legal advice on landlord tenant law in Louisiana or any other state. For advice regarding your specific case, consult an experienced property lawyer.
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