Louisiana Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: March 31, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Louisiana month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Louisiana (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Louisiana Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Louisiana landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Louisiana, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 10 days’ notice.  LA Code § 2728(2)

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

Louisiana has no specific statute for an increase in rent. Generally, it is common practice for landlords to provide month-to-month tenants with a 30 days’ notice. Additionally, there isn’t a law that will define how much the rent can be raised or how often, meaning that the amount of rent that a tenant pays from month-to-month can change several times throughout the year.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Louisiana?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Louisiana. The process for eviction can be completed in 2 to 5 weeks but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Louisiana, click here.