Missouri Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: March 20, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Missouri eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Missouri landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Missouri Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
Notice To Quit for Unpaid Rent Unpaid Rent Yes
10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Criminal Act Maybe
10 Day Notice To Vacate Illegal Activity No
30 Day Notice To Vacate End of / No Lease No

Missouri Notice To Quit for Unpaid Rent

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Missouri Notice To Quit for Unpaid Rent evicts a tenant for nonpayment of rent. In Missouri, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or move out immediately. Many landlords provide a few days as a grace period to collect the necessary funds, but this is not a legal requirement.

Missouri 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Missouri 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, or refusal to allow lawful entry by the landlord. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notice.

Missouri 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Missouri 5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate eviction notice form is served to the tenant for a person, other than the tenant, committing a criminal act on the premises.

A criminal act includes (but is not necessarily limited to):

  • Causing physical injury to other persons
  • Causing property damage in excess of 12 months of rent
  • Engaging in drug-related activity
  • Allowing a banned individual to reside at the premises

The tenant must establish no knowledge of, or involvement in, the violation. This includes reporting crimes to law enforcement and obtaining protective orders against individuals, as necessary. Tenants must prove they have taken the appropriate actions or else move out within five (5) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving notice.

Missouri 10 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Missouri 10 Day Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for an “incurable” lease violation, i.e., one which the tenant is not allowed to restore through corrective action. For example, illegal actions are against the community and thus can’t be restored through compensation to the landlord. Assigning the lease to another party without the landlord’s consent is also an incurable violation. The tenant must move out within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notice.

Missouri 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Missouri 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a tenancy of less than one (1) year, including a periodic lease (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month), as well as expired leases and situations with no written lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Missouri       

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Calculate Expiration Date in Missouri

The “clock” for an eviction notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

Missouri counts only judicial days (i.e., no weekends or legal holidays) for notice periods of less than seven (7) days. Longer periods are counted normally.

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Missouri  

Missouri law isn’t specific on requirements for landlords validly delivering an initial eviction notice, which means any method is valid as long as it results in actual notice to the tenant. The following methods, which come from formal service of legal process in the state, represent the legal gold standard:

  • Hand delivery to the tenant
  • Hand delivery to a person at least 18 years old on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant

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