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What is a Lease Agreement in Louisiana

A standard lease agreement is a legally binding contract between a landlord and a tenant. This is written to conform to state laws where the property is located. In Louisiana, these allow both parties to comply with a series of set terms for a specified number of months or years.

Rental contracts and lease agreements have a lot of similarities as they both set out payment plans and the terms of use for a house or apartment. 

However, the big difference is the duration that they cover. Rental agreements usually only cover short-term tenancies of a few months at a time or month-to-month contracts. Leases, on the other hand, cover a set number of months or years.

A lease agreement should contain the following details:

  • How long the tenant may legally reside in the property
  • How much rent should be paid
  • Information about the security deposits necessary
  • When rental installments are due
  • Any additional costs that must be serviced by the tenant
  • The rules regarding the proper use of the property
  • Situations that constitute lease violation eviction procedures

Types of Louisiana Lease Agreements

There are many types of LA lease agreement forms that can be used to manage and legally bind many different types of rental situations. They allow landlords to rent out various types of property they might have and for tenants to find the best kind of tenancy for their needs.

The most common types of lease agreements in Louisiana include:

Type of Lease Agreement Description
Standard Fixed set of terms that both the landlord and tenant commit to for a series of months or years.
Rent-to-own Rent-to-own options allow the possibility for tenants to purchase the property they are renting.
Month-to-month Similar basic terms to standard lease agreements, but they can be renewed or ended each month.
Commercial Utilized by tenants that intend to use a piece of real estate to run a business.
Room rental For rental properties that are located within shared living areas.
Sublease Permits tenants to assign or “sublease” the property to another person.

Disclosures for Louisiana Lease Agreements

There are various disclosures and addendums that must be contained within Louisiana lease agreements when they are completed and signed. These are made to inform the tenant about any health risks, potential issues, or details about how the property is managed. 

The list below includes the essential addendums in Louisiana: 

  • Lead paint disclosure: Landlords must disclose whether lead paint can be found on the property (if the building was constructed before 1978) (HUD Section 1018).

Louisiana Lease Agreement Laws

For a Louisiana lease agreement to be legally binding and valid, it must be written according to the laws of LA state. If this is not done properly, the contract will be legally contestable and could be declared invalid when put under scrutiny. These rules will also determine what kind of procedures and terms you may ask the tenant to abide by.

The overview below includes the most important laws to consider when renting a property in Louisiana: 

Law Specifics
Security deposit In Louisiana, there is no limit to the amount landlords are legally allowed to charge. This amount must be given back to the tenant within one month after they vacate the property and return the keys (*Revised Statute 9:3251*).
Landlord’s right to enter There is no state law in Louisiana that requires the landlord to give advance notice before entering the property for any issue. However, it is recommended to give reasonable notice to the tenant to maintain a healthy relationship between both parties.

Louisiana Residential Lease Agreement Sample

Before beginning the process of creating a residential lease agreement in Louisiana, it is sensible to review an example document first. Use our LA lease agreement sample below to find out more about the structure and contents of a fully-fledged rental contract. 

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Louisiana Residential Lease Agreement Template

FAQs About Louisiana Lease Agreement

It is important to carefully prepare a LA lease agreement to suit the needs of the landlord and tenant exactly. To help demystify the process a little, simply review our FAQs below to learn more about the specificities of rental contracts in Louisiana.

How to Get a Lease Agreement in Louisiana?

It is possible to create a LA lease agreement completely online. Using our residential lease agreement maker you can tailor your document for your specific needs and take advantage of professional templates and expert tips.

How to Write a Louisiana Lease Termination Letter?

If either the landlord or tenant for any reason needs to terminate a Louisiana lease agreement early, they must provide the correct amount of notice in a written Louisiana lease termination letter.

This letter needs to contain the following information:

  • The name of the landlord and the tenant
  • The date the letter has been written and signed
  • The name and address of the property in question
  • Information explaining why the tenancy needs to be terminated early
  • The reason the lease is being broken
  • The date that the resident will vacate the property
  • Acknowledgment of any penalties that will be incurred
  • Signature of the signing party

Do I Need to Notarize my Louisiana Residential Lease Agreement?

It is not necessary to notarize a Louisiana residential lease agreement. However, whilst this might not be a legal requirement in LA state, signees are still advised to consider this step to provide further legal enforceability.

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Louisiana
Residential Lease Agreement
This Lease Agreement (hereinafter, the "Lease Agreement") is dated as of _________ (hereinafter, the "Effective Date") and is entered into by and between _________ (hereinafter, the "Landlord") and the following residents:
_________
(hereinafter, the "Tenant(s)").

The Landlord and the Tenant(s) agree as follows:
1. PROPERTY

The Landlord rents to the Tenant(s) and the Tenant(s) rents from the Landlord a certain real property and improvements described below, according to the terms and conditions described in this Lease Agreement.

A house located at _________, _________, Louisiana, _________ (hereinafter, the "Property").

Unless otherwise indicated in the Lease Agreement, no other portion of the Building (hereinafter, the "Building") wherein the Property is located is included in the Lease Agreement.
2. TERM

The term of this Lease Agreement begins on _________ (hereinafter, the "Commencement Date") and shall terminate on _________ (hereinafter, the "Termination Date").
The Tenant(s) shall vacate the Property upon termination of the Lease Agreement, unless:

(i) The Landlord and the Tenant(s) have, in writing, extended this agreement or signed a new agreement.

(ii) The Landlord accepts Rent from the Tenant(s) (other than past due Rent), in which case a month-to-month tenancy shall be created which either party may terminate.

In this case, either party may terminate the tenancy by giving written notice at least thirty 30 days prior to the intended Termination Date. Such notices may be given on any date. Rent shall be at a rate agreed to by the Landlord and the Tenant(s), or as allowed by law. All other terms and conditions of this Lease Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
3. MANAGEMENT

The Tenant(s) is hereby notified that the Owner or Landlord _________ is the Property Manager in charge of repairs or maintenance of the Property.

If the Tenant(s) has any complaint regarding any issue about the Property, _________ shall be contacted by one of the following methods:

Address: _________
Telephone: _________
Email: _________
4. RENT

The Tenant(s) shall pay the Landlord monthly Rent in the amount of $_________ (hereinafter, the "Rent") for each full month during this lease.

The full month's Rent is due and payable not later than the _________ day of each month lease period.

The Landlord shall not increase the Rent during the term of a lease. However, the Landlord may increase the Rent by giving at least a 30 days written notice to the Tenant(s). The Rent increase shall not be effective until 30 days from the next date Rent is due.

Please Take Notice that mail delays will not excuse the Tenant(s)'s obligation to pay the Rent in a timely manner.
Place of Payment:

The Tenant(s) shall remit all Rent payment amounts owed to the Landlord under this Lease Agreement to the following address:

     _________

The Landlord may change the person and place to which the Tenant(s) must remit the rental amounts due under this Lease Agreement.

Please Take Notice that you must place the Property address and the Tenant(s)'s name on all payments.
Method of Payment:

The Tenant(s) shall pay all Rent by selecting any of the following forms of payment (select one or more):
If the Landlord agrees that the Tenant(s) shall have the right to sub-let the Property or any part thereof, or if the Property is leased under any form of multiple or joint tenancies, the Tenant(s) shall be responsible for collecting the lease payment from the sublessee(s) or joint lessee and submitting it to the Landlord in a single and complete payment.

Moreover, the Tenant(s) shall be responsible for any lease payment not received by the Landlord by the due date stated in the present Lease Agreement. All partial payments made for an incomplete monthly period shall be pro-rated at the rate of 1/30th of the monthly lease payment per day.

Lastly, the Landlord shall have the option to accept or reject payments made by third parties, but such acceptance or rejection of payment shall not imply a future obligation to accept or reject payments submitted by third parties.
5. FAILURE TO PAY

Tenant is hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on Tenant's credit history may be submitted to a credit reporting agency if Tenant fails to fulfill the terms of their credit obligations, such as their financial obligations under the terms of this Agreement.
6. OCCUPANTS

During the term of this Lease Agreement, the only individuals the Tenant(s) may permit to reside on the Property are the following:

     _________
7. PARKING

Parking spaces for motor vehicles or motorcycles are not provided nor permitted on the Property under this Lease Agreement.
8. MAINTENANCE

The Landlord shall maintain the Property at all times and perform all repairs reasonably necessary. The primary duty of the Landlord shall be to meet the implied warranty of habitability of the Property, that is, that the Property is in a fit, livable condition.
Additionally, during the term of this Lease Agreement and any renewal thereof, the Tenant(s) shall:

(1) Keep the Property clean and safe, use all electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning facilities and appliances in a reasonable manner.

(2) Repair any damage arising from the act or negligence of Tenant, Occupant, or guests, agents, visitors, and invitees, at tenant's expense.

(3) Surrender the Property in as good order and condition as when received, reasonable wear and tear excepted, upon the termination of this Lease Agreement.

(4) Immediately notify the Landlord, in writing, of any problem, malfunction or damage; otherwise, the Tenant(s) will be liable for the costs of any such damage, which might have been avoided had the Tenant promptly notified the Landlord of the defect.
9. REPAIRS

All requests for repairs must be in writing and delivered to the Landlord.

The Tenant(s) may not repair or cause to be repaired any condition, regardless of the cause, without the Landlord's permission. All decisions regarding repairs, including the completion of any repair, whether to repair or replace the item, and the selection of contractors, will be at the Landlord's sole discretion.

Only in the event of an emergency related to the condition of the Property that materially affects the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant, the Tenant(s) may call the Landlord. In such an event, the Landlord must provide repair requests in fourteen (14) days or sooner. If the Landlord fails to provide repair requests, the Tenant(s) may repair the damage and deduct the cost from future rent payments as long as it is stated in the notice.

If an emergency makes it necessary for the Tenant(s) to make any repairs or replacements without the prior written consent from the Landlord, the Tenant(s) may do so at the Landlord's expense. However, if such repairs or replacements are found to be unsatisfactory and to have caused additional damages, the Tenant(s) shall reimburse Landlord for the cost of making such repairs.
10. UTILITIES AND SERVICES

The Tenant(s) shall be solely responsible for and shall pay expenses for all utilities and services used or consumed at the Property.
11. ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS

The Tenant(s) shall not make any alterations, additions, redecorations, or any sort of improvements on the leased Property without the Landlord's prior written consent. All additions, alterations, fixtures, or improvements made by the Tenant(s), except movable household furniture, shall become the Landlord's property and remain on the Property and shall be surrendered with the leased premises at the termination of this Lease Agreement.
12. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

The Tenant(s) shall not keep or have on the Property any article or item of a dangerous, flammable, or explosive material on the Property that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion on the Property or that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible insurance company.
13. LANDLORD ACCESS TO PROPERTY

The Landlord and the Landlord's agents shall have the right at all reasonable times, and by all reasonable means during the term of this Lease Agreement and any renewal thereof, to enter the Property for the following purposes:

(i) Survey the Property's condition and take photographs to document the condition.

(ii) Make repairs or improvements to the Property.

(iii) Supply agreed services.

(iv) Show the Property to prospective buyers or tenants.

(v) Exercise a contractual or statutory lien.

(vi) Leave a written notice.

Except in case of emergency, the Landlord will give the Tenant(s) reasonable notice of intent to enter. For these purposes, twenty-four (24) hour written notice will be deemed reasonable.
14. ASSIGNMENT/SUBLETTING

The Tenant(s) shall not, without the prior written consent of Landlord, which may be withheld at the Landlord's sole discretion, voluntarily or involuntarily assign, this Lease Agreement or any interest herein or sublet the Property or any part thereof.

The Tenant(s) is specifically prohibited from offering all or part of the Property for short-term rentals such as through Airbnb, VRBO, or other such sites or programs. Any advertising or on-line postings, as well as actual rentals of the Property to vacation or short-term guests, shall constitute a material breach of this Lease Agreement.

Any person who is not the Tenant(s) who occupies any portion of the Property, for any period of time whatsoever, for any compensation or consideration whatsoever (including, without limitation, the payment of money and/or trade and/or barter of other goods, services, or property occupancy rights) is NOT a guest, and such occupancy constitutes unauthorized subletting or assignment which is a substantial and material breach of this Lease Agreement.
15. NOTICES

Notice required by statute will be given in accordance with the applicable statute. All other notices shall be deemed sufficient if made as follows:

- All notices to the Landlord shall be directed by personal delivery or first-class mail to the Landlord at the appropriate address set forth below, until the Tenant(s) is notified, in writing, to the contrary.

- All notices to the Tenant(s) shall be directed by personal delivery or first-class mail to Tenant at the Leased Property or any forwarding address provided in writing by the Tenant(s) to the Landlord.

- The addresses set forth below may be changed by the Parties by giving notice as set forth herein.
Landlord:

_________
_________
Tenant:

_________
_________, _________, Louisiana _________

Such addresses may be changed from time to time by any party by providing notice as set forth above.
16. GOVERNING LAW

This Lease Agreement shall be governed, construed, and interpreted by the Laws of the State of Louisiana.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Landlord and Tenant(s) have executed this Lease Agreement in the manner prescribed by law as of the Effective Date.
Landlord:

By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________
     _________
     _________
Tenant:

By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________
     _________
Louisiana Lease Agreement
Inspection Checklist
Address: _________, _________, Louisiana _________

The Tenant(s) has inspected the Property and states that the Property is in satisfactory condition, free of defects, except as noted below:
SATISFACTORYCOMMENTS
Bathrooms  __________________________________
Carpeting  __________________________________
Ceilings  __________________________________
Closets  __________________________________
Countertops  __________________________________
Dishwasher  __________________________________
Disposal  __________________________________
Doors  __________________________________
Fireplace  __________________________________
Lights  __________________________________
Locks  __________________________________
Refrigerator  __________________________________
Screens  __________________________________
Stove  __________________________________
Walls  __________________________________
Windows  __________________________________
Window coverings  __________________________________
___________________________________________
___________________________________________



_____________________

Date

Tenant:

By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________
     _________
Acknowledged by Landlord:

By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________
     _________
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