2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 51 - Trade and Commerce
RS 51:2606 - Discrimination in sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 51:2606 (2017)

§2606. Discrimination in sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices

A. As made applicable by R.S. 51:2604, and except as exempted by Subsection B thereof and R.S. 51:2605, it is unlawful:

(1) To refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.

(2) To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.

(3) To make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.

(4) To represent to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin that any dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such dwelling is in fact so available.

(5) For profit, to induce or attempt to induce any person to sell or rent any dwelling by representations regarding the entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

(6)(a) To discriminate in the sale or rental, or to otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a disability of:

(i) That buyer or renter;

(ii) A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or

(iii) Any person associated with that buyer or renter.

(b) To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with such dwelling, because of a disability of:

(i) That person;

(ii) A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or

(iii) Any person associated with that person.

(c) For purposes of this Paragraph, discrimination includes:

(i) A refusal to permit, at the expense of the person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises except that, in the case of a rental, the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification on the renter agreeing to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted;

(ii) A refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling; or

(iii) In connection with the design and construction of covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, a failure to design and construct those dwellings in such a manner that:

(aa) The public use and common use portions of such dwellings are readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.

(bb) All doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises within such dwellings are sufficiently wide to allow passage by persons who use wheelchairs.

(cc) All premises within such dwellings contain the following features of adaptive design:

(I) An accessible route into and through the dwelling;

(II) Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations;

(III) Reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and

(IV) Usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the space.

(d) Compliance with the appropriate requirements of the American National Standard for buildings and facilities providing accessibility and usability for persons with disabilities (commonly cited as "ANSI A117.1") suffices to satisfy the requirements of R.S. 51:2606(A)(6)(c)(iii)(cc).

(e) For purposes of Paragraph (6), the term "covered multifamily dwellings" means buildings consisting of four or more units if such buildings have one or more elevators, and ground floor units in other buildings consisting of four or more units.

B. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to invalidate or limit any law of this state or a political subdivision of this state that requires dwellings to be designed and constructed in a manner that affords persons with disabilities greater access than is required by this Section.

C. Nothing in this Section requires that a dwelling be made available to an individual whose tenancy would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others.

Acts 1991, No. 527, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 569, §1; Acts 2014, No. 811, §28, eff. June 23, 2014.

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