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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 will relay 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 where applicable to render it effective 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 the total of the monthly rent on time.


Agreements: By Type (7)

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

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College Roommate Agreement – The college roommate agreement can be used by two or more individuals residing together while attending a post-secondary educational institution.

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Lease with Option to Purchase (Lease to Own) – 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 supply sufficient notice.

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Roommate Agreement – A roommate agreement supplies the residents of a shared domicile with the ability to clarify each individual’s responsibilities.

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Standard (1-year) Lease Agreement – A one-year lease agreement enables the landlord to lock in a tenant for a twelve-month period, ensuring that they comply with all provisions relayed in the document until the term has expired.

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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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Landlord-Tenant Laws


Disclosure of Prior Methamphetamine Manufacture (§ 441.236) – If the landlord is aware that the rental property was once used to manufacture meth, they must inform the prospective tenant of this information in writing.

Name and Addresses (§ 535.185) – 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’s Access

General Access – Not mentioned in state statutes.

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.


Grace Period (§ 535-010) – There is no statutorily defined grace period in Missouri. Rent shall be paid on the date indicated in the lease agreement and agreed upon by both parties.

Maximum Fees ($) – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Rent Increase Notice – Not mentioned in state statutes.

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.