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Legal Resources for the Public on the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are a renter, there has been confusion about what happens if you can't pay rent. Evictions have resumed in Louisiana for many renters as the original eviction moratorium under the federal CARES Act of 2020 has now mostly expired. However, some protections remain - Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) has an explainer.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also issued a ban on evictions until June 30, 2021. But there are certain requirements the renter must meet in order for the CDC eviction prohibition to apple - SLLS explains those requirements and provides a sample "declaration" that renters can use to avail themselves of this protection. You can also download a sample declaration from A2J Tech.

SLLS also prepared a sample script on how to talk to your landlord if you can't pay rent during this crisis. If you live in a hotel or motel, the situation is a little more complicated but SLLS has an explainer on that as well.

If you own your home but are behind on loan payments and fear foreclosure, SLLS also has provided information on what to do in that situation. Your rights may depend on whether your mortgage loan is federally-backed or not.

Utility shutoffs throughout Louisiana have also resumed. Speak to your utility company soon if you are unable to pay. You may also qualify for some forms of assistance.

Get More Help

If you are low-income and need legal representation related to a COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic issue, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provide free legal assistance to those that qualify. Please do not visit legal service providers in person during this time. Due to the virus, all organizations are encouraging people to contact them over the telephone, or by applying for services online.

If you are looking for general legal resources (not specifically about the pandemic) for self-represented litigants and people in court without an attorney, including referrals to free and low-cost legal representation, please check out the Law Library's online guide.

The Law Library hopes you are staying safe and if you need further assistance, don't hesitate to call us at 504-310-2400 or email us at library@lasc.org. Though we are not physically in the library, we are still answering reference questions via phone and email quickly!