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  • Warning letters sent to homeowners in floodways check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2015 6:14 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - People who live along the Atchafalaya river and floodways have to brace themselves once again. The Army Corps of Engineers sent out warning letters to residents to remind them that they are responsible for their properties in case of a flood. People who live in... more »
  • Nearly 4K may get damages in Chinese drywall suit

    October 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Attorney Leonard Davis of New Orleans said Monday... more »
  • Email set up to report Ascension flood damage

    May 29, 2014 10:53 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials said people affected by the flooding on Wednesday should use the email address flood@apgov.us to aid the process of assessing flood water damage to homes and businesses. Rick Webre, director of Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said citizens should include... more »
  • Insurance rates spike due to lack of fire service check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2014 4:51 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some property owners in West Feliciana Parish saw homeowners insurance double because they live too far away from a fire station in the parish. The fire protection district will discuss adding two new stations to meet insurance requirements for property owners. Melvin Harvey owns a camp... more »
  • Burning sugarcane problematic for homeowners check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 31, 2013 4:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Some residents in West Baton Rouge Parish are frustrated over problems they've encountered recently with burning sugarcane. Neighbors in the Roseland Trace Subdivision off Rosedale Road said it's the worst mess they've ever experienced. "When this time comes, it gets annoying," Carey Denstel said. Sugarcane... more »
  • State lawmakers seek relief on flood premiums

    November 20, 2013 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three state lawmakers are traveling to Nashville this week to talk about the impact of rate hikes in the federal flood insurance program on homeowners and businesses. Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish of Jennings, Sen. Ronnie Johns of Sulphur and Rep. Greg Cromer of Slidell are attending... more »
  • Audit: Panel isn't verifying property tax bills

    July 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the Louisiana Tax Commission has regularly approved changes that parish tax assessors made to homeowners' tax bills without checking the accuracy of those changes. In a review released Monday, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office raised questions about whether the tax commission is properly... more »
  • Coastal homeowners stagger under insurance costs

    May 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Stan Virden moved into his 2,400-square-foot house overlooking a rock-lined canal in 1996 and paid less than $1,000 a year for homeowners insurance. Now the 80-year-old Navy captain is considering moving to Atlanta to be near family, but he says potential buyers for the house are... more »
  • Late-payment rate on US mortgages hits 4-year low

    February 12, 2013 6:59 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job keeping up with payments. Credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday the trend is helping bring down the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate to the lowest level in four years. TransUnion says the... more »
  • FEMA center opens in West Baton Rouge Parish

    October 15, 2012 10:22 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open today through Thursday in West Baton Rouge Parish. The center will open at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help homeowners, renters and business owners with uninsured or underinsured damage to their home or personal property during Hurrincane Issac.... more »
  • Land dispute in Livingston heads to court

    June 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A land dispute dating back decades is finally headed to court in Livingston Parish. The school board wants a judge to decide if it still owns land near French Settlement or if the 30 people who live there do. School leaders are gearing up by contending... more »
  • Letters headed to homeowners in land-limbo in Livingston Parish

    October 11, 2011 10:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- Letters, warning of upcoming court action, are on the way to almost 40 homeowners in the French Settlement area. They're coming from the Livingston Parish School District, which is trying to find out if it is the owner of 145 acres of land the people live on... more »
  • State Farm wants homeowners increase

    June 20, 2011 5:02 PM

    Baton Rouge - Louisiana's largest home insurer is asking for an average 8.5 percent rate increase. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. insures just over 301,000 homeowners in Louisiana. Filing with the state insurance department asks for $32.7 million in higher rates. In March, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon... more »
  • Homeowners make the most of wait for electricity

    April 5, 2011 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 24 hours after a storm blew down trees and power lines across southern Louisiana, a few people around Baton Rouge were still waiting to get their electricity back. More than 20,000 homes were knocked out of service when severe weather moved through the area Monday... more »
  • Sheriff's office warns of contractor fraud in Hammond

    March 15, 2011 5:06 PM

    HAMMOND - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish are warning residents to watch out for contractors that could be scamming homeowners in the area. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said deputies were called to a home in Hammond today that was the victim of contractor fraud. The homeowners said on Feb. 25 workers... more »
  • Road Home program for storm shutters to begin

    October 19, 2010 5:10 AM

    Homeowners who did not receive the maximum Road Home grant award will soon be able to apply for $7,500 to install storm shutters and other defenses on their homes to protect against hurricanes. This week, letters will be sent to homeowners telling them how they can apply for the grant.... more »
  • Homeowners with security systems could be breaking the law

    October 11, 2010 4:17 PM

    Homeowners in Baton Rouge with security systems could be breaking a parish-wide law without knowing it. The law states that people with alarm systems must pay a one-time $25 fee to offset the cost of "false alarms." Over the weekend, dozens of people in Baton Rouge received notices telling... more »
  • Bank of America delays foreclosures in 23 states

    October 2, 2010 9:56 AM

    Bank of America is delaying foreclosures in 23 states as it examines whether it rushed the foreclosure process for thousands of homeowners without reading the documents. The move adds the nation's largest bank to a growing list of mortgage companies whose employees signed documents in foreclosure cases without verifying the... more »
  • IRS giving tax credits to homeowners with Chinese drywall

    October 1, 2010 7:24 PM

    Homeowners who have had Chinese drywall removed from their house are getting help from the federal government. The IRS will give tax credits to anyone who’s had Chinese drywall remediation between 2001 and 2009. Homeowners aren’t eligible if they’ve been previously compensated by an insurance company or other companies.... more »
  • Citizens Insurance reaches $23 million settlement

    August 24, 2010 8:55 AM

    Citizens Property Insurance has reached a $23 million settlement with thousands of homeowners who say they were not properly compensated after hurricanes Katrina and Rita for work needed to coordinate storm repairs. The dispute centered around the use of a general contractor. Citizens admits no wrongdoing in the proposed settlement,... more »
  • Flood insurance dries up

    March 1, 2010 5:44 PM

    Congressional bickering has temporarily shutdown the country's flood insurance program. News 2's Luke Margolis gets answers on how homeowners could be left soaking wet. more »
  • LA homeowners insurance third most expensive

    January 3, 2010 2:43 PM

    Louisiana is the third most expensive homeowners insurance market in the nation, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Florida and Texas are the only more expensive markets. The average premium in Louisiana for a standard homeowners policy in 2007, the most recent year for which data... more »
  • Feds find link between drywall and corrosion

    November 23, 2009 10:54 AM

    The federal government says it found a "strong association" between imported Chinese drywall and corrosion of pipes and wires, a conclusion that supports complaints by thousands of homeowners. The report is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's second one on the potentially defective building materials. The commission said its investigation... more »
  • Chinese drywall program approved by LRA

    November 12, 2009 10:33 AM

    The Louisiana Recovery Authority gave its final approval to creation of a $5 million program to help some homeowners rehabilitate property with Chinese drywall problems. But the program requires legislative and federal approvals before it can begin and the aid also won't flow until federal officials devise a national... more »
  • Study fails to link Chinese drywall to homeowner complaints

    October 29, 2009 10:40 AM

    A new report from the federal government found that Chinese drywall used to build thousands of homes in Louisiana and other states has higher amounts of some chemical substances than its American counterparts. But the report stopped short of linking it to health problems, foul smells or corrosion reported by... more »

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