A Louisiana eviction notice provides legal support to landlords and property managers seeking to initiate tenant eviction proceedings due to non-payment of rent or other lease violations. The notice must be written according to Louisiana state law, and give your tenant the legally required amount of time to respond, correct the violation(s) of lease terms, or move out.
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Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Louisiana State Laws: Louisiana Revised Statutes, Code of Civil Procedure.
- Rent Payment Grace Period: No grace period for late or non-payment of rent in Louisiana unless stated specifically in the lease.
- Notice of Non-Compliance: 5 days (Louisiana CCP 4701).
- Late or Non-Payment of Rent Notice: 5 days (Louisiana CCP 4701).
How to Evict a Tenant in Louisiana
Title XI of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure outlines all state laws and requirements for eviction in Louisiana.
Step 1 – Serve Louisiana Eviction Notice (Notice to Vacate)
Providing the proper notice to vacate is the first step in the eviction process in Louisiana. Before sending it to a tenant (via certified mail or personal service), remember to make a copy of this notice for your records.
Step 2 – File Petition for Eviction
Suppose the tenant doesn’t vacate the rental premises by the date identified in the eviction notice. In that case, you can file a petition for eviction at the proper Louisiana court to start eviction proceedings.
The city court where landlords must file eviction lawsuits is determined by where the rental property is located.
Step 3 – Go to Court
The court will prepare an Order to Show Cause, which a parish constable or city marshall must serve. This notice provides the date and time of the hearing. Attend this hearing if you want to successfully evict a tenant.
Step 4 – Receive Judgment of Eviction
If the tenant doesn’t appear in court on the designated court date (results in default judgment), or you prove your case to the court’s satisfaction, the court will issue a Judgment of Eviction.
Step 5: Obtain Writ of Possession or Warrant for Possession
If your tenant has not vacated the property, ask the court for a Writ of Possession or Warrant for Possession. Provide the executed order to the appropriate constable or marshall so they can physically evict the tenant.
Related Louisiana Court Forms
Each city and parish in Louisiana has its own court forms, but examples can be found on the official Shreveport government website. Contact the court clerk where the property is located for the following forms (and remember to ask about filing fees):
- Petition for Eviction: The Petition for Eviction sets out your legal grounds for evicting the tenant, states that the court is the appropriate one to file your legal action, and asks the court to formally evict the tenant.
- Soldier’s/Sailor’s Affidavit: This affidavit states whether the tenant is in the military and is filed with the petition.
- Order to Show Cause: This order is served on the tenant, notifying them when the court hearing will be.
- Writ of Possession or Warrant for Possession: This document gives the parish constable or city marshall (law enforcement officer) legal authority to physically remove the tenant from your property.