Imperial, MO asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri

Q: Trying to get out of contract at my apartment, landlord refuses to fix multiple issues we have.

AC didn’t work over the summer, told them 5 times and they never did anything. Our dishwasher is broken, have told them 6 times and nothing has been done. Our neighbor is breaking the rules every day (loud and boisterous noise is absolutely prohibited), we hear them screaming and yelling every day, and they have woken us up past 10pm 7 different times. Per the contract breaking the rules is a breach of contract, but the landlord refuses to do anything even though we and another neighbor have complained multiple times. Our contract is up March 31, trying to be out Jan 31 instead because we bought a house.

Do you think we have grounds to break contract? The landlord is well aware of the neighbor breaking contract and doesn’t seem to care.

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

A: It doesn’t really matter if an attorney thinks you have grounds to “break” your lease. Ideally, you and your landlord can reach a written agreement to terminate the lease. Suing for a declaratory judgment is an option but your case won’t end in January. Consider hiring an attorney to negotiate a termination.

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