Louisiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Louisiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: May 3, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Acts in the Public Interest
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Eviction
Penalties for Retaliation
  • Court Injunction
  • Sue for Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Louisiana?

There isn’t specific statutory law prohibiting landlord retaliation in Louisiana. However, courts recognize the potential for an abuse of rights that results from retaliatory eviction, so retaliation is a potentially available defense. In general, an abuse of rights is unfair conduct relating to a public interest.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Louisiana?

Tenants in Louisiana can claim retaliatory eviction in response to a landlord’s eviction action. If the court agrees that the effect or purpose of the landlord’s attempted eviction is retaliatory, the court will dismiss the eviction proceedings and may award damages to the tenant, including for mental distress.