Missouri Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Missouri state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Missouri landlords should provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Missouri state landlords may charge up to $25 plus the bank’s fee for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Missouri landlord must follow the conditions of the lease. Unless the lease states otherwise, a landlord may not increase the rent during the term of the lease. A landlord may however increase rent on an “at-will” tenant with the appropriate amount of notice.

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Missouri landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Missouri does not have any state laws prohibiting landlords from retaliating against tenants for act within legal rights.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

There is no rent increase limit in the state of Missouri.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Although Missouri provides no specific statues on the amount of notice that a landlord needs to provide to a tenant to increase rent when dealing with a month-to-month tenant, it is generally the same as the notice period to terminate tenancy. In this instance, a landlord is can provide a 30-Day Notice before he/she may expect an increase in the rent. (Missouri Code 441.060)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Missouri provides no state statutes on how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

In Missouri, a landlord can collect a “reasonable” late fee if it’s written in the lease agreement. The “reasonable” fee should be $20 or 20% of the monthly rental amount, whichever is greater.  (Missouri Code 415.417)

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

The state of Missouri allows a landlord to charge up to $25 plus the fee charged by the landlord’s bank for a rent payment returned for insufficient funds. (Missouri Code 570.120)

Cities in the State with Rent Control

Missouri has no legislation limiting the amount that a landlord may charge for rent. However, the state does have legislation preempting rent control.