In Baton Rouge area, coronavirus job losses might result in rental, homeowner crisis

News Story (Louisiana)

Terry Jones
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 23, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


The coronavirus pandemic has caused the temporary shutdown of local courts which prevents landlords from evicting tenants at this time, but the situation doesn’t absolve tenants from paying their rent when it’s due April 1. And unless the federal and/or state government announce some kind of emergency rental assistance in the coming days, fair housing advocates say, tenants who couldn’t afford to pay their rent this month could owe double the money when courts reopen.