All state rental and lease agreements are mandated by Federal law to include specific information and protections for tenants. Such information includes:
- The contact and identifying information of both the landlord and tenant,
- A description of the premises being leased,
- Pet allowances and prohibitions,
- Health, safety, and other hazard disclosures mandated by law,
- Rent and security deposit specifics, including how.
In addition to these Federal requirements, your lease agreement will also need to adhere to the laws in Louisiana outlined below.
1. Louisiana Residential Lease Agreement Sample
The sample lease agreement below describes a contract between “Landlord” Kevin Lee and “Tenant” Olivia Graham. She agrees to rent a duplex in Columbia for $1,000 per month for a fixed term beginning on June 01, 2017 and ending on August 09, 2017. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the Premises. This is a good example of what provisions a simple lease agreement might contain, and how one should look in its final form.
2. Louisiana Landlord and Tenant Laws
Louisiana imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a lease or rental agreement. For example, Louisiana law provides for the following:
- In Louisiana, there is no statute governing security deposit maximums, and landlords may request as much as they deem appropriate. (No statute)
- Landlords are required to return a tenant’s security deposit within one (1) month of a tenant’s termination of the lease. (§3251)
Landlord Right of Entry
- Louisiana landlords are not required to give notice before entering a premises in emergency and non-emergency situations. (No statute)
- If a landlord illegally locks out a tenant and puts their possessions on the street, or uses self-help remedies to evict them, they may be liable for damages.
Notice to Terminate
- For a lease with a fixed date, no notice is required by a landlord, as the lease simply expires. (CC 2720, CC 2721, CC 2723, CC 2728)
- For a yearly lease with no end date, a landlord is required to give a tenant thirty (3) days written notice of the termination. (CC 2720, CC 2721, CC 2723, CC 2728)
- For a month-to-month lease, a landlord is required to give a tenant ten (10) days written notice of the termination.(CC 2720, CC 2721, CC 2723, CC 2728)
- For a week-to-week lease, a landlord is required to give a tenant five (5) days written notice of the termination. (CC 2720, CC 2721, CC 2723, CC 2728)
Additionally, Louisiana law requires:
- Landlords and local housing authorities may not terminate a tenancy due to domestic abuse, family violence, or dating violence, but may terminate the tenancy and any assistance provided to the perpetrator. (§40:506(D))
- All landlords are required to make repairs necessary to maintain the premises in a habitable condition, except for the repairs which a tenant is required to make. (CC 2691)