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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: what does a room in a shared living space mean? the house I rent with my ex-boyfriend and its a 3-bedroom home.

I want to move to the guest bedroom instead of sharing a room with my daughter but I don't want to get into trouble with my landlord who is my ex-boyfriend's mom

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

In Louisiana, a room in a shared living space generally refers to an individual bedroom or living area within a larger dwelling (such as a house or apartment) that is occupied by multiple residents who share common areas like the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. When you rent a house together... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: If someone lives in my home is not on the lease do I have to allow them to use the stove or washer etc
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answered on Feb 9, 2024

In Louisiana, if someone is living in your home but is not on the lease, they are considered an occupant or a guest, depending on the circumstances of their stay. As a homeowner or primary leaseholder, you generally have control over the use of your property and its amenities. However, if the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
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"... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

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... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: If someone moves out but leaves stuff behind how long do you have to wait to sell or claim that stuff as your own?

I live in Shreveport Louisiana if that helps at all

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answered on Oct 22, 2023

In Louisiana, if someone moves out and leaves personal property behind, you can't immediately dispose of or claim the items. Louisiana law requires landlords or property owners to provide notice to the former occupant about the abandoned property. You should send a written notice, preferably... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: My daughter and son-in-law have abandoned their trailer on my property . Going on 6 months. What can I do with the trail

I have plans to build a house on this land I do not know what I can legally do with their trailer. They won't answer phone calls from me. Therefore I don't know what their plans are. Wh what are my rights concerning this matter? I live in Louisiana.

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answered on Aug 21, 2023

In Louisiana, if your daughter and son-in-law have left their trailer on your property for around six months without communication, you may explore legal options. Sending them a certified letter notifying them of your intention to remove the trailer if they don't respond within a specified... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Louisiana on
Q: What should I do about living with mold and rodents. I deal with a strong wet Mildew Horrible smell Throughout My Apt.

I Also Have Laundry Backed Up, Due To the dryer keep going out on me & washer fills with water for no reason. I Made Multiple Complaints For Months Now They Haven’t Did Anything But Take Pictures & Tell Me Someone Going To Come But Never Do.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 1, 2023

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If you suffered illness or health effects, you could try to arrange a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, many law firms are reluctant to handle mold cases. Retain any medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: What are all the ways I'm able to get out of a soon to be renewing lease.

I signed this renewing lease about half way through my current lease and didn't think I would want to change apartments. But I was able to find a better place and the current apartment isn't very safe as there's been a shoot out and drug deals happen right outside my window.

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answered on Jun 2, 2023

When it comes to getting out of a soon-to-be-renewing lease, here are a few potential options:

Early Termination: Review your lease agreement to determine if there are any provisions for early termination. Some leases may have specific conditions or penalties for breaking the lease before...
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Q: What should I do if my landlord enters my apartment before my 60 day notice and does the final inspection without notice

We put our 60-day notice in on 3/31, put our move out date on 5/30. We finished cleaning out our stuff and deep cleaning the apartment the night of 5/30. Logged into their system 5/31 and saw $2,121.58 in cleaning and damage charges put in on the 30th. Meaning they entered the house & did the... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 1, 2023

I recommend that you fight this. You can ask your landlord for an itemization of the monies he;s charging you as well as he identify the damages. If you dispute the itemization, or if you do not want to speak to the landlord yourself, then I would consult with a general practice or litigation... View More

Q: I need to speak to someone about section 8, my disabilities, threatening phone calls from parish and landlord, and othe

I really need to speak to someone asap in regards to my health section 8 and important other factors

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answered on Mar 4, 2023

I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues. I recommend contacting your local Section 8 office or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assistance. You can find your local Section 8 office by visiting the HUD website and using the Office Locator tool. You can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: I am buying a house and I am paying the taxes on it. The landlord will not let me claim homestead exemption on it.

I am renting to own. There is legal papers involved. What are my rights?

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answered on Jan 1, 2023

If you do not have a Deed, then you do not have title to claim a homestead exemption. You might want to look into borrowing the money to buy it, but then your homestead rights will be waived against the lender.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: We have been living in a rental for over a year. And just signed a 12 mt lease. If property is sold can new owner evict

We have lived in the rental for over a year. A new couple friends of ours moved in with us and just signed a new 12 month lease. We didn't renew our lease because we new the property was up for sell. So we have been month to month. REgardless the property sold and the new owner posted an... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 27, 2022

Based on your post, you should fight the eviction, however it will be a short victory. If you are month to to month, then the new owner can simply ask you to move out at the conclusion of the month to month---thus while you should win the eviction, it probably only means a 30 or so day delay... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Louisiana on
Q: Can I sue my rent house owner for falling through the floor in my bathroom

I told them months ago the wood was weak from the toilet leaking they just replaced the toilet not the wood around it Jan 9 my whole leg went through the floor

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 20, 2024

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's possible you could. You could reach out to local attorneys to set up a free initial consult. If you have medical records that support your injuries, they would be helpful. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: What should I do if the tenant moves out earlier and refuses to pay the rent?

I had a tenant with a lease agreement in effect from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. Recently, this tenant approached me, requesting to vacate the premises two months earlier than the agreed-upon end date because they had purchased a house with a closing date set for October 31, 2023. Their... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 16, 2023

Based on your post, if you want to go after the tenant for the unpaid rent, then you need to take the tenant to Court and seek a money judgment for the 2 months of unpaid rent.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Can I actually buy a house or car using the 5M$ that is attached to my S.S. #?
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answered on Nov 10, 2023

No, you cannot buy a house or car using the $5 million that is attached to your Social Security number. This is a common scam that is used to steal people's money.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of internet questions and responses, the information provided can ONLY be for general...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: When it comes to a house lease in louisiana me and my boyfriend names were on our 3 months lease and the lease is over h

How do you determine who gets to stay in the house if he we both paid

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answered on Oct 27, 2023

In Louisiana, when a lease ends and both individuals' names are on the lease agreement with no further stipulations, it can create a complex situation regarding who stays in the property. Typically, the resolution might rely on negotiations between the parties involved. For personalized legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Need advice to see if I have a case and if so what do I do
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 12, 2023

Use the Justia Find a Lawyer tab and search for lawyers in your area who practice in the subject matter you are seeking---contact a few of them for a consultation----some you contact will provide a free first meeting/consult. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: my landlord is harassing me about my unleashed service dog. She wears a training collar. She is under control.

Recently the landlord and I finally came to an agreement over damages her neglect caused my property. The next day she began demanding my dog be put on a leash. My service dog had not been leashed in almost a year, since she had become a service dog.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 11, 2023

Your service dog cannot be required to be on a leash in two instances: 1) your disability prevents you from using a leash, and 2) the service your dog performs for you as a result of your disability cannot be performed if the dog is on a leash.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Can lessor keep lessee’s security deposit if premises are rented immediately even if lessee’s lease isn’t expired?

We had notified lessor that we intended to sell the business. Our rent was paid up and we even found the new lessee.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 5, 2022

It depends on the written words in the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Hellos is it legal for our rent to own landlord to have us sign that we waive our rights if there was mold here

Black Mold found after signing lease

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 28, 2022

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Until you speak with a local attorney, many courts nationwide do not look kindly on the idea of waiving liability for injury in general. It could depend on how a waiver was written. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: What to file If I don't agree with judges order and need a continuence to find new attorney for an examination hearing

Was sued for breaking a 2yr rental contract. 3 months into the new rental with exgirlfriend, i was told by police that I could not return to the property because of( arguing with exgirlfriend). She stay in rental for a year then abandoned it. I missed court so the judge said I owe 30,000. I'm... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 25, 2022

You do not mention when your court date is, however, you need to go about hiring an attorney between now and then. If you are able to hire an attorney before then, then he (ad you) will decide whether or not to seek a continuance. If you do not think you will be able to hire an attorney before... View More

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