With thousands of New Orleans-area renters displaced by Hurricane Katrina, frustration is growing among landlords seeking access to their properties and trying to track down tenants who've been missing since the storm.Just one of the many legal snarls which the hurricane caused, and which need to be resolved if progress is going to be made.
"The No. 1 complaint I have (since Katrina) is from the landlords in my area," said Rep. Henry "Tank" Powell, R-Ponchatoula, who said the owners are frustrated by their inability to survey their damaged properties until they reach a resolution with their tenants.
Their efforts are complicated by a pair of executive orders from Gov. Kathleen Blanco suspending all legal deadlines until Oct. 25, meaning that all legal evictions are on hold until then.