2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 40 - Public Health and Safety
RS 40:506 - Termination of tenancy

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 40:506 (2018)

§506. Termination of tenancy

A. Except as expressly provided herein, the landlord tenant relationship, and the termination thereof, is governed by state law applicable to privately owned, residential property.

B. Without limiting the foregoing, a local housing authority may terminate the tenancy of a household or a resident or terminate any other assistance provided by the authority for either:

(1) Any unlawful drug-related activity or other criminal behavior on the part of a recipient or head of household or any member of the household, including any child who is a member thereof, or on the part of any guest or invitee of a member of the household, notwithstanding that the head of household or any other member of the household either:

(a) Was unaware of the misconduct constituting the ground for termination of tenancy.

(b) Did not approve or participate in such misconduct.

(c) Was not personally at fault in connection with such misconduct.

(2) Commission of any fraud or any misrepresentation or omission on the part of any recipient of assistance or member of a resident household in connection with any application for assistance or any determination or redetermination of eligibility therefor, or in connection with any investigation or determination of the local housing authority regarding compliance by the household with the terms of any lease or the authority's rules and regulations.

(3) Any other violation of one or more provisions of any lease, or agreement with the local housing authority to which a recipient of assistance or a resident is a party, or any of the authority's rules or regulations, duly promulgated.

C. Criminal conviction shall not be a requirement or prerequisite to any termination of lease, tenancy, or other assistance which termination is based upon criminal misconduct, nor shall any standard of proof greater than a preponderance of the evidence be applicable in any proceeding involving such termination of lease, tenancy, or other assistance.

D.(1) The local housing authority may not terminate the tenancy of a household or a resident or terminate any other assistance provided by the authority under Paragraph (B)(1) of this Section for reasons of domestic abuse, dating violence, or family violence committed against the head of household, a member of household, or a resident. The local housing authority may terminate the tenancy of or any other assistance provided to the perpetrator of the domestic abuse, dating violence, or family violence.

(2) For purposes of Paragraph (B)(1) of this Section, no person may be considered a guest or invitee of a member of a household without the consent of the head of household or a member of household. Consent is automatically withdrawn when a guest or invitee is a perpetrator of an act of domestic abuse, dating violence, or family violence.

(3) As used in this Subsection:

(a) "Domestic abuse" has the meaning as defined in R.S. 46:2132(3).

(b) "Dating violence" has the meaning as defined in R.S. 46:2151(C).

(c) "Family violence" has the meaning as defined in R.S. 9:362(3).

Acts 1997, No. 1188, §1; Acts 2004, No. 444, §1, eff. June 24, 2004.

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