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Louisiana House unanimously approves post-hurricane eviction ban for renters

By: - April 6, 2022 4:00 pm
Belmere Apartments Houma

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.

Reps. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, and Tanner Magee, R-Houma, co-authored House Bill 160 with input from the Louisiana Fair Action Housing Center and the landlord lobby.

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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Greg LaRose
Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

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