Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for a lease violation. The tenant may have the option to correct the violation at the landlord’s discretion. If corrective action is not taken, the tenant must move out within five (5) days, not counting legal holidays, of receiving notice.

When To Use a Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begin the evictions process for the following tenant violations:

  • Failure to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner
  • Hosting unauthorized pets
  • Occupancy violations
  • Other violations of the lease or property rules

Some types of Louisiana lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and (if applicable) the necessary corrective action(s) to avoid termination
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Louisiana landlords and tenants can in most cases agree in the lease on policies for delivery of an initial written Notice To Comply or Vacate. 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.