Louisiana Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Louisiana eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Louisiana landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Louisiana Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
5 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
10 Day Notice To Vacate Monthly Lease / No Lease No

Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Quit

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A Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for nonpayment of rent. In Louisiana, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or else move out within within five (5) calendar days, not counting legal holidays.

Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Louisiana 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant may get a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, or refusal to allow lawful entry by the landlord.

The landlord gets to decide whether the tenant has a chance to take corrective action. If the landlord decides against this, or the tenant does not fix the issue, the tenant must move out within five (5) calendar days (not counting legal holidays).

Louisiana 10 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Louisiana 10 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a month-to-month lease, an expired lease, or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least ten (10) calendar days before the termination date.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Louisiana

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note 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 Calculate Expiration Date in Louisiana

The “clock” for an eviction notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

Louisiana does not count legal holidays for notice periods of less than seven (7) days. Longer periods are counted normally. Regardless of notice period, if the last day falls on a legal holiday, the notice period does not expire until the end of the next day that is not a legal holiday.

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Louisiana

Louisiana landlords and tenants can in most cases agree in the lease on policies for delivery of an initial written eviction notice. 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.

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