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Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Landlord/Tenant question in Louisiana: If a tenant does not pay rent, and has abandoned the property, can the landlord change locks, therefore locking out the tenant with the tenant's belongings inside the residence? I must add that all of the above occurred prior to any written notice provided by either party to the other party.

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Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
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Lawyer: rayanswers, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
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Lawyer: rayanswers, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Yes you can do so.You are allowed to change locks, secure premises, you might want to move somebody in here as soon as you can to get it occupied here.There is not a problem to do so under Louisiana law.

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See Walters v. Greer, 31,480 (La.App.2d Cir.1/20/99), 726 So.2d 1094; Sunbelt Sec. Services, Inc. v. Delahoussaye, 572 So.2d 598 (La.App. 4th Cir.1990). “Abandonment requires voluntary relinquishment of the premises by the lessee with the intent to terminate without vesting ownership in another.” Walters, supra.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
OK, to clear things up a bit. The tenant had abandoned the residence, but never did provide any notice to landlord, and had intentions of returning to get his belongings. What potential downside is there for the landlord not allowing said tenant to retrieve his belongings left in the residence?
Lawyer: rayanswers, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I would remove and store the property here.Give him 30 days to claim his property and you are free to donate the items.

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Lawyer: rayanswers, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Thanks for rating 5 stars at top of page.Happy Holidays.

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