Missouri Rent Increase Laws

Missouri Rent Increase Laws

Last Updated: January 19, 2023 by Ashley Porter

Quick Facts Answer
Reason Needed No
Max / Limit None
Notice Requirement No Statute (except for mobile homes)

Does Missouri Have Rent Control?

No, Missouri does not have rent control laws limiting the amount that landlords may ask for rent and state law prohibits local governments from establishing their own rent control laws.

How Much Can a Landlord Raise Rent By in Missouri?

In Missouri, landlords can raise the rent by any amount that they wish. There is no legal limit or cap on the amount of a rent increase.

When Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Missouri?

In Missouri, landlords can raise the rent for any reason as long as they don’t do so during the fixed term of a lease (unless the lease allows for it) and aren’t doing so for certain discriminatory reasons.

When Can’t a Landlord Raise Rent in Missouri?

In Missouri, landlords cannot raise the rent during the middle of a lease’s fixed term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement) or for certain discriminatory reasons (like race or age).

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination due to:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender (including gender identity)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Nationality or origin
  • Familial status
  • Disability

Although most other states have landlord retaliation laws, Missouri law does not address retaliatory rent increases. However, local governments may enact retaliation laws.

For example, in Kansas City, landlords cannot increase rent because a tenant:

  • Filed a complaint with the landlord or appropriate agency regarding the health or safety of the property
  • Joined or organized a tenants’ group or union
  • Was the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise Rent in Missouri?

Missouri law does not require a specific notice period before raising the rent, except 60 days’ notice is required for mobile homes (unless the rent increase is due to an increase in property taxes).

The notice period required for the termination of a lease is typically used as reasonable notice for a rent increase as follows:

  • Year-to-year lease – 60 days’ notice
  • Month-to-month lease – 30 days’ notice

How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Missouri?

Landlords in Missouri can increase the rent as often as they wish. There is no legal limit or cap on the number of rent increases per year.

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