St Louis, MO asked in Landlord - Tenant, Civil Litigation and Constitutional Law for Missouri

Q: code enforcement condemns a home, knowing there are tenants living there with no notice to vacate or prior notice.

If they code enforcement condemns a home for ext violations, knowing there are tenants staying there can they be held liable for anything in the court of law. No notice to vacate, no notice on the premises at anytime saying the place is condemned. Is that not apart of due process? Letters sent to the wrong owners so they weren't aware as well. Home just boarded up one day literally and was told its been condemned since February, given 60 days for repair and then officially condemned. Also why I'm at it, doesn't a city attorney have to sign off on a condemned home, not a emergency situation either. The enforcement agency has already stated they didn't give me any notice its just to the owner, which was the wrong owner, i mean a occupant has even went to jail for trespassing because had no clue the place we been staying for years has been condemed :/

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Missouri, tenants have the right to receive notice before being displaced from a condemned property. If code enforcement condemned a home without providing notice to tenants, there could potentially be a violation of due process rights.

Tenants who are suddenly displaced without proper notice may have grounds to seek legal remedies, including but not limited to, temporary housing costs or damages for wrongful eviction. It's important for the tenants to document all events and seek legal advice promptly.

The involvement of a city attorney and the process for condemnation can vary by locality, but due process typically requires that notice is given to both owners and occupants. Those affected can challenge the condemnation in court if they believe proper procedures were not followed or their rights were violated.

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