Debris and rotting food sit outside Belmere Apartments after Hurricane Ida struck. Hundreds of Houma apartment residents were evicted without court process after the storm. (Photo by JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)
The Louisiana House voted 100-0 Wednesday for a bill that would prevent property owners from evicting tenants forced to abandon their homes after a hurricane without going through the typical court process. The prohibition would be in place for 30 days and apply to areas that are placed under a federal disaster declaration.
Magee said in committee last week he learned after Hurricane Ida that owners of apartment complexes in hard-hit Houma were sending eviction notices to tenants claiming units had been inspected immediately after the storm. Access to the area was still restricted, leading Magee to conclude inspections could not have taken place.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has come out in support of the bill. Its next stop will be a Senate committee.
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