Batesville, IN asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri

Q: Re: Tenant rights in St. Louis. Can a landlord refuse to give you a one year lease forcing mo-mo tenancy?

Our building changed owners in June. The new owner has refused to provide a new one year lease, keeping us on mo-mo tenancy. Is this legal? It's uncomfortable knowing he can kick us out with 30 days notice. He has done some work in the building and now the unit type we moved into 18 months ago has increased in advertised price by $350/month. Plus, parking, which was included, is now $150 per month and the 2nd car went from $100/month to $150/month.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: I suggest you hire a local attorney to review the prior lease and see how if affects the situation. In general, a landlord is not required to renew a lease, but it's unclear from your post whether the prior lease expired.

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