Renters of New Orleans – let me be the one to tell you that you need to go record your lease!
Wondering what recording your lease does for you?
It protects you as a renter!
If the house you’re renting in is suddenly sold, without any warning (this happens more than you realize), the new owner does not have to honor you lease. UNLESS, you have taken the time to go record your lease with the city.
How do I record my lease?
It’s pretty simple, but it certainly isn’t cheap. You will need take a copy of this down to Land Records Division, located at 1340 Poydras, on the 4th floor. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm. They do not close for lunch and they accept payments of cash, credit card, check, and money order. This might be the most efficient department we have in the city.
How much is this going to cost me?
Yeah… about that…. it’s not going to be cheap. For 1-5 pages it’s $100. For 6-25 pages it’s $200. For 26-50 pages, it’s $300. It goes up from there. Luckily, most leases are about 6 pages long.
Taking the time to record your lease means you’re protecting yourself from being put out your place with very little notice. The lease you have with your landlord right now is only between you and him/her. Recording that document with the city will make it an actual part of the property.
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