At Bloom Legal we are prepared to help our clients with landlord/tenant issues in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna, Harvey, and the surrounding areas. If you have problems on either side, from evictions to breaches of a lease, we can help negotiate the law and get you the fair results that both parties deserve.
How can a landlord evict a tenant?
In Louisiana, if you have a written lease with your landlord or live in subsidized housing, your landlord must provide a good reason for evicting you. Reasons may include failure to pay rent or the violation of specific conditions in the lease.
It is important to keep in mind though that a landlord is unable to evict a tenant without a court order approving the eviction!
If you landlord tries to evict you without presenting you with a court order, you have the right to call the police. In this situation, the landlord is not allowed to change the locks, shut off your power, or keep you from your home in any other way.
It is also important to note the difference between a Notice to Vacate and a court order approving an eviction. If your landlord presents you with a Notice to Vacate it simply means that he or she plans to file a lawsuit for your eviction if you fail to move out within the designated period. In this case you need to quickly decide what to do as it is still possible to negotiate with your landlord. This is where the skills of an experienced law firm like Bloom Legal can help keep you from getting evicted.
What can a landlord keep from a security deposit as a result of damages?
When moving into a new apartment it is important for both the landlord and tenant to perform an inspection of the property so that they are in agreement on its condition at the time of moving in.
It is recommended that both parties take pictures and make note of any items like scratches on hardwood floors, wall dings from missing doorstops, etc that currently exist at the time of moving in.
Items that landlords are generally not entitled to hold against a security deposit include:
- faded or fading paint
- worn carpets from normal use
- dusty or dirty blinds
- general dust in the apartment
- dead lightbulbs
- worn hinges and locks on doors
Items that landlords may be entitled to hold tenants responsible for include:
- damage to walls as a result of hanging pictures, posters, or decals
- damage to carpets such as burn marks
- broken or missing blinds/curtains that were in the apartment upon moving in
- broken shelves
- excessive bathroom mildew
- excessive dirt in a refrigerator or oven
If you are experiencing issues as a landlord or tenant in New Orleans or the surrounding ares, please contact us today at 504-599-9997 or through the Contact form to the top left of the page. The consultation is free.
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