The Missouri rental agreements are contracts created when a tenant wants to use real property in exchange for regular payments (“rent”) made to the landlord or property owner. These documents contain all the terms and conditions associated with the rental and must comply with Missouri’s landlord-tenant laws.
The Missouri residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a written contract that legally allows a property owner and tenant to make an arrangement for the use of livable space in exchange for payment. Each party must follow the terms and conditions as written in the contract. Create an official Missouri standard residential…
The Missouri month-to-month rental agreement is a written document between two parties, the landlord and tenant, that officially outlines an agreement for the renting of property and details the monthly rent, property description, in addition to the landlord and tenant’s responsibilities. These leases have a monthly duration, and when the month ends,…
The Missouri rental application form is part of the application process and allows landlords to access prospective tenants’ background information. This can help them choose the most viable tenant to rent or lease a property. Usually, each application form is accompanied by a small application fee. A well-designed, detailed form is a…
The Missouri sublease agreement is a contract between an existing tenant (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“sublessee”) in exchange for use of part of the rental property. Upon landlord approval, the sublessee makes regular, periodic payments towards the sublessor’s original rental obligation. In places like Maryville, which are college towns, sometimes, renters…
The Missouri roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a legal document that lays out the terms and conditions associated with sharing a rental property. Each co-tenant must sign the contract, thereby agreeing to the financial obligations and social expectations of inhabiting the property. What to Include in a Missouri Roommate Agreement The…
The Missouri commercial lease agreement is a binding contract between the landlord of commercial property and a business entity. This document outlines the terms and conditions of renting an office, retail, or industrial space. This type of lease can only be used by a business entity. Missouri Commercial Landlord/Tenant Laws In many…
Missouri Required Lease Disclosures
- Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – All Missouri landlords must provide their contact information in the lease agreement (or that of an agent authorized to act on behalf of the property) for serving legal notices and receiving correspondence.
- Methamphetamine Contamination Disclosure (required for some) – Any actual knowledge relating to the production, use, or storage of methamphetamine must be disclosed in a Missouri lease agreement to inform future tenants about any potentially existing contamination and limit liability in case of exposure to new tenants.
- Lead Based Paint Disclosures (required for some) – For tenant safety, Missouri landlords have to provide disclosure of the potential risks of lead based paint in homes built prior to 1978 with a specific disclosure form and pamphlet in addition to any known hazards in the building.
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Missouri Landlord Tenant Laws
- Warranty of Habitability – Missouri require its landlords to make all of their rentable units fully “fit for human habitation.” However, the state does not specify which amenities must always be present. In any case, the state requires landlords perform requested repairs in a “timely” manner. Failure to do so may allow a tenant to perform a repair and deduct action on their own.
- Evictions – Non-payment of rent, performing an illegal action, and violating a lease term may be used as grounds for eviction in Missouri. However, only a lease term violation comes with a required notice period (10 days). As such, the length of an eviction here may depend on a landlord’s discretion.
- Security Deposits – In Missouri, a security deposit collected by a landlord cannot be valued at more than twice the cost of rent. These same deposits must also be re-dispersed to their owner 30 days after their lease terminates.
- Lease Termination – To break off a month-to-month lease, a Missouri tenant must supply a notice of intent 1 month in advance. Meanwhile, a fixed-term lease can be terminated early based upon active military duty, landlord harassment, or a continuously uninhabitable living space.
- Rent Increases & Fees – Landlords in Missouri are fully free to raise rent as much as they want, whenever they want, without any requirement for notice or justification. Similarly, Missouri landlords can charge almost any type of fee or amount, so long as it is listed in a lease agreement. Bounced check fees are a notable exception that is capped at $30.
- Landlord Entry – By default, Missouri landlords can enter a rented unit whenever they want due to a lack of statewide limitation. Instead, all limitations (including those pertaining to emergency situations) must be outlined in a lease agreement.
- Settling Legal Disputes – Non-eviction cases valued at up to $5,000 can be heard in Missouri’s small claims court. These cases must fall within the 10 year (for written lease agreements) or 5 year (for oral lease agreements) statute of limitations.
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