Saint Louis, MO asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri

Q: I have a question regarding a landlord witholding the security deposit

Missouri

I left early, but paid for all of January, notified them at the beginning of January. They listed the property and said that if it was filled before the lease was up, I would get the deposit. They filled it and the new tennant is moving in Feb. 1. Thehy are now saying that they are keeping the deposit, without any damages (we were pesent during the walkthrough) and nothing is stated in the lease about the tennant breaking the lease early.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: You didn’t ask a question. If you believe your landlord violated the security deposit statute you may sue in small claims court. Before doing so, make sure your lease doesn’t obligate you to pay your landlord’s attorney’s fees if you lose.

Here is the statute. https://law.justia.com/codes/missouri/2019/title-xxxvi/chapter-535/section-535-300/

I hope this answer helps.

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