How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Louisiana

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Louisiana

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

In Louisiana, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 5 Day Notice to Quit, the eviction notice used for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Louisiana, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Louisiana

Louisiana landlords and tenants can in most cases agree in the lease on policies for delivery of an initial written eviction notice. If the lease is silent, the law requires a delivery method that is “reasonable in form.” These methods, taken from eviction for nonpayment of rent on an oral lease, are legally sufficient for most situations: 

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by certified mail, to the tenant’s last known address

If the tenant’s whereabouts are unknown, notice may be tacked to the door of the premises.


In Louisiana, a tenant can waive notice requirements if agreed, in writing, by the lease. This lets a landlord file for eviction immediately when terminating a lease. Check written leases carefully.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Louisiana

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • Certified Mail – via return receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of mailing
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a time-stamped photograph and completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery

Louisiana Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
5 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
10 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly Lease / No Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Lease of Longer than 1 Month / Yearly