A Missouri lease termination notice form is an official legal document provided to either the tenant or the landlord informing them that the tenancy is ending. If rent is paid monthly, then at least 30 days notice must be provided before the tenancy can end.
Types of Missouri Lease Termination Notice Forms
|Notice Form||Lease Type|
|30 Day Notice to Vacate||Periodic / Less than 1 Year|
|60 Day Notice to Vacate||Yearly|
Missouri 30 Day Notice to Vacate
A Missouri 30 Day Notice to Vacate is delivered by either party to terminate a tenancy of less than one (1) year, including a periodic lease (i.e. week-to-week or month-to-month). In addition, this letter may be used for tenants with no written lease or for tenants with an expired lease. The letter must be delivered by either party at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the end of the following rental period or the end date of the lease term.
Missouri 60 Day Notice to Vacate
A Missouri 60 Day Notice to Vacate may be served by either party to end a year-to-year lease. The notice must be provided to the receiving party at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the expiration of the lease.
How to Write a Lease Termination Notice in Missouri
For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:
- State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
- Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
- Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
- For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
- Sign the notice and print your name.
- For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
- Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.
Without this information on the notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.
How to Calculate Expiration Date in Missouri
A lease termination letter takes effect the day after it is served. Lease termination letters must be delivered at least the legally required number of calendar days in advance of the termination date. For example, with a month-to-month lease, to terminate the tenancy on June 30th, the letter must be served by either party before June 1st.
If the last day of the notice period falls on a weekend or legal holiday, then the notice period will not officially expire until the end of the following judicial day (a day when the courthouse is open).
How to Serve a Lease Termination Notice in Missouri
A landlord or tenant can deliver lease termination notices in Missouri using either of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the other party in person;
- Handing the notice to a person who can accept the letter on the party’s behalf AND mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt requiring the receiving party’s signature.
When sending the notice by certified mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.
- 1 MO Rev Stat § 441.060
A tenancy at will or by sufferance, or for less than one year, may be terminated by the person entitled to the possession by giving one month’s notice, in writing, to the person in possession, requiring the person in possession to vacate the premises.Source Link
- 2 MO Rev Stat § 441.050
Tenancy from year to year, how terminated. — Either party may terminate a tenancy from year to year by giving notice, in writing, of his intention to terminate the same, not less than sixty days next before the end of the year.Source Link
- 3 Missouri Court Rules of Civil Procedure - Rule 54.13
On Individual. Upon an individual, including an infant or incompetent person not having a legally appointed guardian, by delivering a copy of the summons and petition personally to the individual or by leaving a copy of the summons and petition at the individual’s dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person at least 18 years of age residing therein, or by delivering a copy of the summons and petition to an agent authorized by appointment or required by law to receive service of process.
The courts accept notices served by certified mail with a return receipt only if sending party can present a certified mail receipt signed by the receiving party.Source Link
- 4 Missouri Court Rules of Civil Procedure - Rule 44.01
Additional Time After Service by Mail. Whenever a party has the right or is required to do some act or take some proceedings within a prescribed period after the service of a notice or other paper upon the party and the notice or paper is served by mail, three days shall be added to the prescribed period.Source Link