How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Louisiana

How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Louisiana

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

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 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 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, so rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Louisiana

A landlord can deliver notices in Louisiana using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt;
  3. Mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt.

A notice sent by mail is considered served/delivered upon receipt. A landlord shall keep the proof of mailing / return receipt along with the original notice for their records.

If the premises are abandoned, or if the whereabouts of the tenant are unknown, all notices to be served may be attached to the entry door on the premises.

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 photograph and completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.

Louisiana Eviction & 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

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