Author: Patrick Murphree
Until August 2015, Louisiana landlords could make the summoning of the police or acts of domestic violence on the premises cause for eviction. Domestic violence victims were thus forced to choose between summoning help and losing their homes. In a laudable attempt to remedy this situation, the Louisiana legislature passed a law restricting the ability of landlords to evict victims as a result of their abusers’ actions. Nevertheless, the final act abandoned the promise of the original bill, leaving too many Louisianans without adequate protection of their housing rights in the aftermath of domestic violence. By prioritizing the needs of landlords over those of domestic violence survivors, the legislature values the economic interests of property holders more than the safety of victims.