Louisiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Louisiana Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: May 17, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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.

Landlord Retaliation in New Orleans

Beginning in 2024, tenants have protection against landlord retaliation in New Orleans. A landlord may not terminate a lease, decrease services, increase the rent or fees, file or threaten eviction, or refuse to renew a lease because of the following tenant actions:

  • Reporting a violation of housing standards, to authorities or the landlord
  • Requesting repairs to features of housing that are not up to minimum housing standards
  • Providing testimony related to a potential violation of housing standards

There is a (rebuttable) presumption of retaliation in an adverse response from the landlord for a six (6) month period after a tenant takes one of the above actions.

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.