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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: our apartment lease ended on 1/26/21. i emailed landlord on 1/23/21 and asked to renew one additional month. apartment

typo, it ended 12/26/21 and i emailed on 12/23/21. landlord is accusing me of not giving a notice and trying to charge me for the month of FEB although we will be moved out by then. they have been horrible not answering maitnence requests and even leaving us with no A/C in 80-90 degree heat for two... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 19, 2022

An attorney would need to review your lease. It’s unclear whether remained there on January 27 and you paid rent for the next month. If you stayed and paid and the landlord accepted the rent then you might be on a month-to-month tenancy. Any lawsuit that you file probably won’t get an... Read more »

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Q: Signed to be gaurantor on sons apartment. Found out after getting served he hasn't paid rent for a month. The Landlords-

Attorney office refused to give copy of exhibit of the guarantor paper they mentioned was filed but missing in the petition against me. They also falsely claimed in the petition that they contacted me to collect payment, and falsely claimed that I refused to pay after speaking to me. The landlord,... Read more »

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Q: Landlord sold house while we were working on new place, sold it with our belongings in it, n new owner sold our stuff.

We were out of town getting oyr new place together for about a month, came back, house was sold along with our belongings, and new owner sold our stuff. There was no eviction. No word at all.

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Q: Land lord is trying to scam me. What can I do?

I left my lease 1 month early with my landlords verbal consent (We recorded the phone call) He is now charging me $200 for siding damage left by previous tenants. He told me he would not charge me for this (verbal, not recorded) he is also charging me $150 for paint damage to one (8x8) room that... Read more »

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Q: Is a verbal lease agreement legal n the state of missouri? My landlord broke a verbal agreement.

we initially had a paper lease.He wanted to evict me for past due rent. Then came by my house and said that he had decided to wipe my slate clean bc he didn't want to go thru the court bs and didn't want me to have to move so we agreed to restart the lease this past December. 2 weeks... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Mergers & Acquisitions for Missouri on
Q: I am a tenant. I moved in august and signed a 1 year lease. My landlord has given me 6@ days to move out.

Because they are selling the house

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 6, 2022

If you are uncertain of your rights, schedule a consultation with a local landlord-tenant attorney. Generally, the landlord cannot simply force a tenant to move because the landlord is selling the property. There's a specific statute by which a tenant can be forced out if there has been a... Read more »

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Q: If I have made maintenance requests about ice on sidewalk and nothing is done, and I slip and fall what can do?

I’ve make multiple request to get the ice cleared and they haven’t done anything, I haven’t feel yet but my 8m pregnant girlfriend has almost a couple of times and if she does I want to know what I can do about it

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Q: Can a written notice constitute a lease ammendment or does it need to be signed by both parties?

Ownership on my apartments changed this fall. In November, notices were sent to front door and email stating that the late fee structure would be changing effective immediately. Does the written notice count as an amendment to the lease and the new late fees are valid, or does it have to be an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: This squatter is in Texas County MO. No lease , no money exchanged. Where do I find the unlawful detainer form to file?

I originally was going to rent to this person, but too many lies made me change my mind. I did let him get the electric in his name while many repairs were made that he had agreed to pay for. He never paid for any. I paid him to put the roof on and owed him $300 more, which I told him I would pay... Read more »

Robert Grant Pennell
Robert Grant Pennell answered on Nov 18, 2021

From your description, it appears that this individual was on a month-to-month lease. As such, either of you can terminate the lease at any time upon providing at least thirty (30) days' written notice before the start of the next month. If you provided written notice to this person on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I am a small business owner who rents a building in Missouri my landlord is owed money for last months rent he said

If I don't pay him now he's locking up my businessis this even legal

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 5, 2021

It is unlawful for your landlord to engage in “self help” by changing the locks.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I'm a landlord of a rent to own agreement my tenants are constantly late with their rent payment.

Can I renew the rental agreement just to renting only without the option to own and what documents do I need. State of MO.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 30, 2021

Your original contract governs during its term unless both sides agree to amend it. If your tenant won’t agree to an amendment and is breaching the lease then you are free to sue for rent and possession or breach of lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Ended rental lease. Found new tenant. Did walkthrough, owner found zero damages. Am I entitled to security deposit back?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 19, 2021

Here's the text from Missouri's security deposit statute:

535.300. Security deposits, limitation — holding of security deposits, requirements — return of deposit or notice of damages, when — withholding deposit, when — tenant's right to damages — security deposit...
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Q: Does cashing a security deposit refund mean I agree with the amount?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 1, 2021

Generally not, but there are exceptions. Read your lease. Also pay attention to whether the back of the check contains an endoresement indicating that you are accepting the security deposit as payment in full.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Can my landlord use vulgar speech when talking to me

My landlord walk in my apartment who is that hoe in the bedroom I find that offisive and harassment

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 1, 2021

It is generally not unlawful for a landlord to use vulgar speech. Once it comes time to renew your lease, you might want to consider not renewing in order to find a better landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Am I responsible for rent if my sister won’t move out of apartment we shared? The lease was in my name.

My sister is listed on the lease as an occupant. The lease expired and I have moved out. My sister did not sign a new lease. She does not pay rent, but has not moved out. Will I be responsible for rent until she decides to get out? If she has to be evicted, will I have to pay for costs associated... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 23, 2021

An attorney would need to review the lease, but most likely and, unfortunately, "yes," "yes," and "yes." It is not your landlord's fault that you allowed a relative to be an occupant and she is still there without you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: What happens if a lessee pays rent on time but the payment is stolen out of the office or possession of the landlord.
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 23, 2021

The lessee would need to prove that rent was paid on time.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I am a disabled tenant in Missouri and the owner is selling the property. How many days notice should I receive?

Since I am disabled, should my notice to vacate be longer than 30 days?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 8, 2021

If you are on a month to month tenancy then you are entitled to 30 days’ notice unless the lease provides otherwise.

Your disability is not legally relevant, however.

I hope you find a new place that works for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: My Missouri Landlord has not returned my security deposit or provided me an itemized list of charges. What do I do?

What is my next course of action?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 8, 2021

You may sue.

535.300. Security deposits, limitation — holding of security deposits, requirements — return of deposit or notice of damages, when — withholding deposit, when — tenant's right to damages — security deposit defined. — 1. A landlord may not demand or receive...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I signed my lease in February and the owner sold it to a development company in March. He has now forced me out.

He has refused to repair the hot water heater in 2 months. Housing has now terminated the lease. What should I do?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 3, 2021

You probably need to move out. Whether it makes sense to sue your landlord will depend upon multiple factors, such as the lease's terms, your financial situation, and your landlord's ability to satisfy any court judgment that you might obtain.

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