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Missouri Rental Lease Agreements | Laws

A Missouri lease agreement is a real estate document designed to bind a landlord and tenant to the terms and conditions of renting property in Missouri. The document outlines the cost of rent, the causes for termination, the lease term, and the responsibilities of both parties.

Once all applicable signatories have read the agreement in its entirety, they may date and sign the form, officially putting it into effect until the termination date.

Rental Application – This document is used by landlords to ensure that they sign on a tenant who is reliable and will be able to pay monthly rent on time.

Contents

Agreements: By Type (6)

Commercial Lease Agreement – A commercial lease agreement enables a business owner to rent commercial space such as a warehouse or office from a landlord.

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Rent-to-Own Agreement (Lease Option) – A tenant can, after signing this lease, rent the landlord’s property and purchase it from them so long as they comply with the terms of sale.

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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – This lease agreement is usually for shorter-term tenants. It enables both landlord and tenant to quit the lease at any time providing they furnish the other party with sufficient notice.

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Roommate Agreement – A roommate agreement enables residents of a shared domicile to outline the responsibilities and duties of each individual.

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Sublease Agreement – A sublease agreement enables a tenant to rent out their room or the entirety of a house or apartment to another individual. This can be accomplished only with the permission of the landlord.

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Disclosures (3)

  1. Lead-Based Paint
  2. Methamphetamine
  3. Names and Addresses

1) Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

If a landlord is renting residential property built prior to 1978, they have to provide a disclosure warning potential tenants that they may be exposed to lead-based paint.

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2) Methamphetamine Production

If the landlord is aware of the rental property being used in the past to manufacture meth, they must inform the prospective tenant of this information in writing.

3) Names and Addresses

Before the start of the tenancy, it is required of the landlord that they supply the tenant with the name and address of the property manager as well as the name and address of the owner.


Landlord-Tenant Laws


Landlord’s Access

General Access – No statute.

Emergency Access – In the case of an emergency, the landlord may access the rental property without warning. There is no statute that prohibits them from doing so.


Rent

Grace Period – No statute.

Maximum Fees ($) – No statute.

Rent Increase Notice – No statute.


Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) (§ 535.300(1)) – A landlord may not charge in excess of two (2) months’ rent.

Returning to Tenant (§ 535.300(3)) – The landlord has thirty (30) days to return to the tenant either the entirety of the security deposit or an itemized list of the cost of all damages with the remaining balance.

Interest Required? (§ 535.300(2)) – Any interest accrued from the security deposit is kept by the landlord.

Separate Bank Account? (§ 535.300(2)) – The deposit must be held in a financial institution that is insured by a federal agency.