The Louisiana Rental Application Process
The Louisiana rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Louisiana, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount and the fee is non-refundable. Louisiana Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination against applicants based on race, gender, religion, disabilities, or familial status.
Landlords in Louisiana may also ask a prospective tenant any amount for a security deposit; there is no maximum.
A Sample Louisiana Rental Application with Examples for Each Step
The rental application should include the following sections:
Prospective Property including complete address, type of unit, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, start date, and monthly rent
Personal Information about the Applicant including full name, date of birth, social security number, photo ID (driver's license number or state ID), current address, phone number/cell phone number, and email address
Rental History for the last three rental addresses, including current/previous address(es), name and phone number of landlord/manager, rent paid, how long they lived at the address, and reason for leaving
Employment History/Income for the last five years (including the spouse and/or co-applicant), including current/previous employer(s), address, position, dates of employment, supervisor name and phone number, monthly income, other sources of income, monthly income, name, address, and phone number of provider, and bank account(s)/bank balance(s)
Other Occupants/Roommates including full name and relationship to the prospective tenant
Personal References (three unrelated references) including name, occupation, address, phone number, and how long known
Emergency Contact including name, address, phone number(s), and relationship to the prospective tenant
Vehicles including make/model, year, and license plate number/state
Pet Information if any; if there are any restrictions or fees regarding pets on the property, they should be listed on the rental application
Personal History/Statement including smoking status, need for a service animal or accessibility needs, prior evictions, prior bankruptcies, and prior criminal convictions
Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including consent to a credit/criminal background check and documentation of the non-refundable application fee
Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Louisiana
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
New Orleans Bar Association
Louisiana Rental Application Laws
Louisiana does not have any laws that set a cap on security deposits, but it does cover when the deposit must be returned. According to Louisiana law, the landlord must return the tenant’s deposit no later than 30 days after the lease has been terminated. However, a landlord may retain all or part of this deposit to cover any damage to the property or fees that the renter may owe.
If the landlord is deducting any fees from the tenant's deposit, he or she must send an itemized list that accounts for each fee and its amount. The tenant must provide the landlord with a forwarding address to receive his or her deposit back (Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated § 9:3251).