Louisiana Tenant Screening Background Checks

During the rental application process, oftentimes a landlord will require the tenant to complete a Louisiana tenant screening. It is a process which helps ensure that landlords get responsible tenants renting their units. There are some things to be aware of when it comes to tenant screening.

  • If a landlord chooses to participate in the screening, tenants will be responsible for the screening fee. Landlords can’t charge more than the fee itself.
  • Landlords can deny or reject tenancy requests based on the outcome of the screening; however they must inform the tenant in writing what information will cause them to reject the tenancy.
  • If a tenant feels they have been rejected on the bases of discrimination rather than for a legitimate reason they can file a complaint or sue the landlord.
  • Things that are checked most commonly during the screening process are:
    • Criminal history (including sex offense, terrorism, felonies etc.)—this is to keep illegal activity from happening on the property.
    • Credit check—they want to ensure the tenant’s responsible in money management and making payments.
    • Previous renter history—they want to ensure the tenant has had a clean renting past.
  • If a tenant is rejected for any reason, the reasons must be given to the tenant in writing.

For more information, visit: Louisiana Landlord Tenant Laws Louisiana Landlord Forms

The American Apartment Owners Association provides tenant screening background checks nationwide. Looking for a tenant screening report in a state other than Louisiana? Visit our Tenant Screening Background Checks page to learn more.