Louisiana Apartment Collections

Apartment leases inside Louisiana are governed by Louisiana Civil Code Sections 2676, 2703, 2704, 2720, 2728, Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) if being collected by a third party debt collector. This property code lays out the rights and obligations of the tenant and landlord a residential lease situation and apartment collections.

When you hire our law firm we:

  • Interview you about what happened and what your expectations are for the resolution of the account.
  • If needed, we will send a dispute letter to the debt collector and or apartment complex.
  • We will evaluate any documentation that is returned.
  • A recommendation will be given to you to which may be the best course of action
  • We will then help you act upon that recommendation. If an eviction judgment was issued we will work to release that judgment as well in our negotiation.

Why hire us to help you with a Louisiana apartment collections?

  • A demand letter from an attorney may carry more weight than a demand letter sent yourself.
  • The demand letter will be crafted to take advantage of existing state and federal law in an attempt to put you in the best position possible.
  • Traceable proof of delivery of our demand letter.
  • We followup with the demand letter to make sure the intended party receives it.
  • We help you resolve the apartment debt collections.
  • We can file a lawsuit to correct erroneous information if needed.

Louisiana Tenant’s Rights

Security Deposits
  • A landlord can collect what ever amount they deem appropriate for a security deposit
  • A security deposit must be returned (minus any offsets) within one month of the end of the lease
Paying Rent
  • The amount of rent should be the same month to month in the lease, unless otherwise agreed
  • Rent is due at the agreed upon due date. Usually at the first of the month
  • Louisiana does not have any laws requiring landlords to give a specified amount of notice before raising rent
Living Conditions
  • Landlord is obligated to maintain property in suitable condition for the purpose for which it was leased
  • If landlord refuses to make certain repairs, Louisiana tenants can terminate lease, or “deduct and repair” for necessary repairs
  • Louisiana law does not regulate landlord entry or notice to enter.
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
  • A landlord can end the lease upon nonpayment by tenant. Eviction proceedings can begin
  • A lease for a fixed term terminates at the end of that term, with no need of notice by either party
  • A month-to-month lease can be terminated by landlord or tenant with notice 10 days before the end of that month
  • A lease for a term less than a month but more than a week can be terminated by giving notice at least 5 calendar days before the end of the period
  • A lease term that is less than a week can be terminated at any time prior to the expiration of that period
  • Louisiana does not have a statute prohibiting landlords from retaliating against tenants for exercising legal rights