Cost of an Eviction in Louisiana

Cost of an Eviction in Louisiana

Last Updated: April 5, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The average cost of an eviction in Louisiana for all filing, court, and service fees is $170. However, the cost can vary by parish. Eviction lawsuits are filed in City Court where the dwelling unit is located.

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In Louisiana, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Concursus Proceeding”) with the court the following business day.

The filing fee for an initial Concursus Proceeding varies by parish, for example in St. Tammany Parish the filing fee is $100.  In Baton Rouge the filing fee is $158 plus $10 for each additional tenant.

2. Citation Service Fee

Once a Petition is filed in Louisiana, the court will issue a Citation. The Citation is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a sheriff to deliver the Citation and Petition to the tenant.

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3. Warrant of Possession Service Fee

In Louisiana, if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Warrant of Possession (also known as a “Writ of Ejection” or “writ”). The warrant is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises.

A sheriff must deliver the warrant and they may charge a service fee that does not exceed $30. [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’]

4. Warrant of Possession Execution Fee

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5. Notice of Appeal Filing Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal, they may do so as long as the Notice of Appeal is filed within 24 hours of the judgment.

The filing fee varies by parish, for example, Batton Rouge the filing fee is $125, and in Lafoursche Parish filing fee is $200.  The court may also ask for a bond and the bond amount will be determined by the court.