The Louisiana eviction process is not as simple as it may seem.
This blog post will cover what you need to know about how to evict a tenant, who can do it, when they can do it and why you should consider outsourcing your property management service if you’re interested in avoiding these eviction proceedings.
Let’s take a look at the different processes of Louisiana eviction.
Giving the tenant notice is the first step regardless of the grounds for the eviction. The landlord is not obligated to extend more time for the tenant to pay rent or correct a lease violation. The landlord can give the tenant a five-day notice to vacate if the rent is late or there has been a violation. The renter must vacate the unit by the end of five days. If the renter failed to comply, the landlord may file an eviction case against the tenant in court.
If a landlord does not have legal grounds to evict a tenant, he or she must wait until the tenancy has ended. The landlord may still be required to provide the renter written notice to vacate in specific circumstances.
When a landlord desires to terminate a month-to-month tenancy without good reason, he or she can issue the tenant a ten-day notice of termination. This notice must advise the tenant that their month-to-month tenancy is coming to an end in ten days and that they must vacate the rented unit by then.
If a landlord desires to terminate a fixed-term tenancy without having legal grounds, the landlord must wait until the term has expired before expecting the tenant to vacate. The landlord is not compelled to provide the renter any notice unless the lease or rental agreement clearly states otherwise. Unless the renter has specified otherwise, the landlord can expect the tenant to vacate by the end of the tenancy.
A landlord should never compel a renter to vacate their apartment. The landlord can only legally evict the tenant if he or she wins an eviction lawsuit in court. Even if the landlord wins the eviction litigation, only a law enforcement officer has the authority to evict the renter. It is unlawful for the landlord to try to evict the tenant from the rental unit—and the renter has the right to sue the landlord for an illegal eviction.
With the high number of New Orleans eviction cases, many property owners are looking to outsource the management of their properties and avoid dealing with tenants at all costs.
For landlords with difficult tenants, property management can be stressful. A good property manager can keep your investment property performing optimally whether you live in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, or other suburbs in the metro area. You can partner with a property management company that will handle everything from tenant screening to maintenance services. Give more of your time and focus on growing your portfolio as one of the benefits of property ownership. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about the packages on property management in New Orleans or Metairie.