Columbia, MO asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri

Q: Missouri: One year home lease ending 7/15/22.

If tenant moves out early and buys out remaining lease from 6/1/22 (move out date) through 7/15/22 (lease term expiration date), and landlord rents the house to another tenant beginning 6/15/22, shouldn't the original tenant be entitled to a refund of rents paid from 6/15/22 through 7/15/22?

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

A: Probably not, but the lease terms control. In general, absent a buy-out clause, a tenant who vacates early is responsible for all rent remaining on the lease. If the landlord subsequently rents the premises, the tenant should likely get credit. That's different from a buy-out clause.

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