1. GO TO YOUR COURT HEARING!
When you get the eviction notice with your court date, make sure to show up! You should go to court even if you think you will lose, and even if you have already moved. If you don’t show up, you will receive an automatic eviction judgement which will end up on your record. Depending on your circumstances, your case could be dismissed or delayed.
2. Call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS): (504) 529-1000, extension 223
Through the Right to Counsel Program, SLLS provides free legal assistance to renters facing eviction. A lawyer may be able to stop your eviction or keep it off your record. So, call them as soon as you can! If no one picks up, make sure to leave a message letting them know how best to contact you.
3. Apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)!
The Office of Community Development is still providing rental assistance to tenants who are behind on rent on a case by case basis. You must apply in person at their office located on the 10th floor of 1340 Poydras Street. An SLLS lawyer can help you apply as well.
4. New Orleans Renters Rights Hotline: (504) 539-4504 (for English, press 7 | Para español, oprima 6)
For more details about the information presented here or other housing related questions, call us! We can direct you to other resources or help you organize against any threats or bullying that you might be facing from your landlord.