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Missouri Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant
- Based on Missouri Rev. Stat. § 441.060, for a year-to-year lease, a tenant or landlord must provide a 60-day notice before termination.
- For a month-to-month lease agreement, in Missouri, month-to-month agreements must have a 30-day notification period before they can be terminated by either the tenant or the landlord.
- With week-to-week arrangements, there is no state statute-prescribed notification period.
Legally Terminating a Lease Early in Missouri
- The War and National Defense Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a federal act that allows individuals assigned to active military duty to end fixed-term leases without incurring any repercussions. The lease ends 30 days after notice has been provided.
- The rental unit violates Missouri health codes or is unsafe to dwell in. This also allows the tenant to not pay rent.
- The landlord has violated the privacy of or harassed the tenant.
- In Missouri, the landlord is required to mitigate damages, so if a tenant has broken a lease, the landlord must make reasonable effort to find a replacement. Once the new tenancy begins, the prior tenant is no longer liable to pay restitution for rent (Missouri Rev. Stat. § 535.300).