Landlord eviction process reviewed

 “People say the idea of a tenant would pay for anything after they skipped out is not even a logical thought,” says Boudreaux.
The landlord concern is once the tenant's items have been legally placed curbside, sometimes it's there too long. Boudreaux explains it becomes a detriment to the neighborhood.  “Leaving me a TV on the side of the road. What do I do with that? I can't put that in the trash,” says landlord Denise Skinner.
Currently, it's the landlord's responsibility to have the curbside trash removed; a cost incurred by a landlord who has already been left short changed by a tenant. One suggestion well-received is for the Lafayette Consolidated Government's Department of Environmental Quality to use inmate labor to pick up the unwanted goods.  The idea is the price could be lesser than the landlord hiring someone.
There was even the thought of tacking that onto the tenants rental fee, so if an eviction occurs no one is left short changed. “It might cost me $300 to get a dumpster out there.  You could make it afford to the landlords they might use that service,” says landlord Paul Broussard.
“I guess you can say a lesser fee having the inmate crew.  I like the idea,” adds LCG Environmental Quality Manager Mark Pope.

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