As Louisiana move into Phase 2 of reopening beginning this Friday, things are changing for those who cannot afford to pay their rent. At the start of the outbreak, evictions were made illegal in the state, but that is about to change, as of Monday, June 8. As Louisiana moves toward opening up even more businesses again, landlords who do not have federally backed mortgages will be able to file eviction papers.
WWL New Orleans reports that landlords are allowed to reconsider changes in the lease agreements given the pandemic but are not legally obligated to do so. The news outlet provided some ideas on how to negotiate with your landlord, providing a few helpful tips, such as suggesting a plan to pay in parts rather than in one lump and to waive late fees. These small changes may help you stay afloat as the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana move toward Phase 2.
However, landlords who are receiving the benefits of the Federal CARES Act are unable to proceed with eviction papers until August 25. The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution to ban all residential eviction until August 24 but has no power of law.