Free Louisiana Rental Lease Agreement


Sample Louisiana Rental Lease Agreement

RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT

THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the “Lease”) dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___

BETWEEN:

_______________

(the “Landlord”)

– AND-

_______________

(the “Tenant”)

(individually the “Party” and collectively the “Parties”)

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Louisiana, ______________________ (the “Property”), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the “Rent”).
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Louisiana, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:

    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party’s attorney fees.

  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Louisiana.

  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Louisiana (the “Act”), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.

  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.

  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.

  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant’s negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant’s employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.

  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.

  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.

  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.

  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.

  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.

  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.

  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord’s address for notice is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Louisiana, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord’s rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord’s rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other’s acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of .00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant’s financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord’s agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual ‘For Sale’ or ‘For Rent’ or ‘Vacancy’ signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

_________________________________
Landlord: _______________

 

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

 

 

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Louisiana, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home.

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Louisiana, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Louisiana Rental Lease Agreement

Do you know the residential rental laws that govern landlords and tenants in Louisiana? This article has you covered, and you can also get our lease agreement from online today.

  • Official Rules and regulations

    • La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §9:3251 – §9:3261 – Landlord and Tenant Statutes

    • La. Civ. Code Ann. art. CC 2668 – CC 2729 – Landlord and Tenant Civil Codes

    • La. Code Civ. Pro. Ann art. CCP 4701 – CCP 4735 – Eviction of Tenants and Occupants – Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure

    • Attorney General’s Guide to Louisiana Landlord & Tenant Laws

  • Security Deposit

    • No statutes govern the security deposit maximum, security deposit interest, separate security deposit bank account, and pet disputes.

    • The deadline for returning the security deposit is one month

    • The acceptable uses of the security deposit include:

      • Remedy defaults of the tenant

      • Remedy unreasonable wears to the premises

    • A written description or an itemized list of damages and charges is required

    • No statutes for record keeping of the deposit withholdings or receipt of the deposit.

    • If the landlord fails to return the deposits according to §3251, the tenant may sue and recover the actual damages or $200, whichever is greater

  • Lease, Rent, and Fees

    • Rent is due as at the beginning of the rent paying interval unless stated otherwise in the lease.

    • No statutes govern rent increase notices or rent grace periods

    • Late fees are payable only is stated in the lease

    • No statute stipulates if the tenant can withhold rent for failure to provide essential services like heat and water.

    • The tenant can repair and deduct rent to make necessary and reasonable repairs and then deduct the cost of the repairs from the rent

    • The landlord can recover the court and attorney fees.

    • While the statutes don’t reference the requirement for the landlord to make a reasonable attempt to mitigate damages to the lessee, including attempts to re-rent, the landlord will mitigate the damages if the tenant gets evicted or if the premise is rendered inhabitable.

    • No statute stipulated abandonment or early termination fees

  • Notices and Entry

    • No notice is required for termination of tenancies in fixed end date leases.

    • Notice of 30 days is required to terminate a tenancy in yearly leases.

    • Notice of 10 days is required to terminate tenancy for monthly leases

    • Notice of 5 days is necessary to terminate tenancy for weekly leases

    • No statute stipulates what happens for the termination of tenancies within 24 hours or the date and time of move-out inspections.

    • No statute stipulates the process of terminating weekly leases for nonpayment but five days’ notice is issued for termination of all the other leases in case of nonpayment

    • Termination for lease violation requires a 5-day written notice

    • No statute for whether notice is required before entry or not.

    • No statute for allowing entry with notice for showings

    • No statute for emergency entry allowed without notice

    • No statute is stating if the entry is allowed during a tenant’s extended absence or use of pesticides.

    • No lockouts and utility shutoffs are allowed

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes

There are no statutes for name and addresses and the copy of the lease

In domestic violence situations, there is protection from termination

This section also covers the tenant’s and the landlord’s duties, as well as retaliation and lead disclosure.

Court Related

In the Louisiana Small Claims Court, the limits vary with the county or the city.

Eviction cases are disallowed

  • Statute of Limitations

    • Written Contracts: 10 years (§3499)

    • Oral Contracts: 10 years (§3499)

  • Legal aid is available from

    • Louisiana Bar Association – Lawyer Referral

    • LouisianaLawHelp.org

    • Tulane Legal Assistance Program

    • Acadiana Legal Services

    • Legal Services of North Louisiana

    • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Business Licenses

In the Louisiana rental lease agreements, there are no state-wide business licenses, but the local counties and cities may have regulations and requirements.

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