Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana

Q: I am a Louisiana resident who's landlord put everything i owned in the home outside without an eviction notice.

My landlord first began to harass me almost daily by coming to my home just walking in not knocking or anything and asking who was there and why are they there. Then on Christmas Day there was an incident involving her niece that I was trying to help. She went a little crazy by breaking my 55" TV and one of the front room windows. I called the police and all they told me to do was to just leave so there would be no more confrontations. So, because I honestly did not feel like I would have been safe there my myself, I just left. And, because I knew if I was ever to try and go back to my home it would be more drama and could turn into a major problem I just had the lights and water turned off. I told the landlord that as soon as I was able to find somewhere to put my things I would come get them. And she told me that my things were good there until I would be able to get them. On Feb.2 2024 I received a call she had thrown my things out and beside the road. I lost almost everything.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation. In Louisiana, landlords are required to follow specific eviction procedures, and it seems like your landlord's actions were not in accordance with the law. It's crucial to document any evidence of her entering your home without notice, as well as the damages caused by her niece.

First, consider filing a police report regarding the damage to your property and any threats or harassment you may have experienced. This documentation can serve as evidence in your case.

Next, you may want to consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options. Louisiana law generally prohibits landlords from removing a tenant's belongings without following proper eviction procedures, which include obtaining a court-issued eviction order. Your attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the legal process to seek compensation for your losses and damages.

Additionally, if you have renter's insurance, contact your insurance provider to see if your policy covers any of the damages caused during this incident.

Remember, it's crucial to act promptly and seek legal advice to protect your rights and recover damages for your losses.

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