Louisiana Standard Residential Lease Agreement


The Louisiana Standard Residential Lease Agreement is an official contract formed between the manager or owner of a residential property (the lessor) with one or more tenants (lessees) to set a series of conditions, rules, and requirements that both parties are required to follow until the lease’s end. If the lessee breaks a condition contained within the lease, refuses to leave the property (after the lease has ended), or doesn’t pay the rent, notices given by the landlord requiring the tenant to vacate the premises cannot allow for less than five (5) days according to § 4701.

Tenant Screening: Louisiana Rental Application

State Laws

Laws: Title IX Lease (Art. 2668 to 2777)

Maximum Security Deposit: No maximum referenced in LA law.

Returning Security Deposits (§ 3251): Landlords have one (1) month to return a portion of (or all of) the security deposit to the tenant, starting from the lease’s scheduled termination.

Permitted Use of the Deposit (§ 3251): There are two (2) circumstances in which a landlord can lawfully deduct from the security deposit. They are:

  1. For remedying a tenant’s default, and
  2. For repairing damage to the rental that is not “reasonable wear and tear”.

Rent Increase Notice: No statute. Landlords are not required to provide a notice to tenants before raising the rent.

Association of Realtors Lease

Louisiana Association of Realtors Residential Lease Agreement (PDF) – Drafted by Louisiana’s Association of Realtors, this comprehensive rental contract covers every imaginable subject pertaining to leasing and fully complies with the state’s landlord-tenant laws.