Missouri Lease Agreement

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Creating a comprehensive and legally sound lease agreement is a critical step for landlords in Missouri. With TurboTenant’s Lease Agreement Generator and Templates, landlords can efficiently draft documents that comply with Missouri’s unique legal requirements, ensuring a smooth and legally protected rental process. This guide explores the essential components of a Missouri lease agreement and offers practical advice for both landlords and tenants.

Section 1 – Custom to You

The lease agreement begins with customizable details specific to the rental arrangement. This section allows landlords to input information about the parties involved, the rent amount, utility responsibilities, and more, ensuring the agreement accurately reflects the terms of the rental.

Key Customizable Elements

  • Additional Provisions: Landlords can include property-specific rules or necessary local clauses to tailor the agreement to their needs. It’s recommended to review these additions with a legal professional to ensure compliance.
  • Lost Key Policy: A provision that requires tenants to bear the full cost of rekeying the property if they fail to return all keys upon moving out.

Section 2 – Specific to Missouri

This section includes clauses that are specific to Missouri and only editable with our Advanced Editor feature to help landlords stay compliant with state laws. It is strongly recommended to have any changes reviewed by an attorney to make sure you stay compliant with state and/or local laws. This section highlights critical areas such as late fees, security deposit provisions, fair housing, and notice of domestic abuse protections.

Notable Missouri Regulations

  • Late Fees (Section 2.1): In Missouri, landlords may charge a late fee of 5% of the unpaid rent amount if rent is not received by the 5th day of the month. Security Deposit Provisions (Section 2.4): The maximum security deposit allowed in Missouri is two times the monthly rent. Security deposits need to be held in an FDIC-insured account. Landlords must return the security deposit within 30 days after regaining possession of the premises.
  • Fair Housing (Section 2.11): Compliance with federal and Missouri fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination based on various protected characteristics, is mandatory.

Section 3 – General Clauses for Best Practices

The final section includes standard clauses found in most lease agreements, emphasizing best practices in landlord-tenant relationships.

Key General Clauses

  • Subletting (Section 3.1): Tenants are prohibited from subleasing the property without the landlord’s written permission.
  • Altering or Improving the Property (Section 3.2): Tenants must obtain written consent from the landlord before making any alterations or improvements to the property.
  • Choice of Law (Section 3.11): The lease agreement is governed by Missouri law, and both parties consent to the use of the county courts where the property is located.
  • Follow the Law (Section 3.14): Tenants cannot violate any laws or ordinances while on the property and must not be a nuisance to neighbors.
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How much can I charge for a late fee in Missouri?

Landlords in Missouri can charge a late fee of 5% if rent is not received by the 5th day of the month.

What is the maximum security deposit I can ask for in Missouri?

The maximum security deposit in Missouri is two times the monthly rent. This amount must be returned to the tenant within 30 days of lease termination.

How does the lease agreement address fair housing laws?

The lease agreement must comply with both federal and Missouri fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status. Landlords should ensure their rental practices adhere to these laws.

TurboTenant Missouri Lease Agreements

TurboTenant provides Missouri landlords with a comprehensive solution for creating state-specific lease agreements. By leveraging TurboTenant’s Lease Agreement Generator and Templates, landlords can ensure their leases are compliant with Missouri law, protect their property, and foster positive landlord-tenant relationships. Remember, for any unique lease provisions or questions, consulting with a legal professional is recommended to ensure compliance and protect your interests.

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