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Q: Do I need a lawyer if my apartment complex is still trying to charge me after I filled out an intent to vacate paper?

I moved out of my apartment, provided a 30 day notice. They are now saying months later that there were more documents that I had to fill out. Do I need a lawyer & do I have to pay them?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Mar 27, 2020

There is no simple answer to your question. The language of the lease will govern what type of notice is required, together with Missouri statutes. The duties of a management company to obtain the proper paperwork from a vacating tenant is not addressed in the law, so the circumstances and... Read more »

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Q: My landlord & I got into a phone argument, where he verbally said 'wanted is out'. Can he? 12 mo lease, ends 4-1-20

I'm bipolar (not officially diagnosed, but I've lived w enough to know). The other day I woke up to my daughter telling me landlord had been by. Called him, & before the end of the convo, I was getting MAD, & usually wind up cussing. Told him I was getting mad, just woke up, & I was going to let... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Mar 26, 2020

In Missouri there are statutes that control the timing and notice required for eviction. Generally speaking, a verbal request to a tenant to leave is not enforceable. Also the terms of the lease, when lawful, will control. I recommend you review your lease and the circumstances with an attorney to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Do I have to sign a new lease under property manager for apartment I've lived in 8 yrs under the same lease by landlord?

property manager lied to landlord stating I am 3 mos. behind to get me evicted when I owed Feb. rent of $525, $25 for Jan., and $10 from October. I knew I owed Feb. rent because it was 13 days late with $10 a day late fee. I paid it all in their office, Feb. 14. Was handed 30 eviction for refusing... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 1, 2020

You didn’t state when the current lease term ends. Here is what matters:

1. Is the lease term ending soon? If so, that’s all that really matters. A landlord isn’t required to renew a lease or enter into a new lease with you.

2. Are you in breach of the current lease?...
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Q: Is there a legal time limit for a landlord to charge and notify you of damages that need to be paid by the tenant? i

I moved out 6 months ago and am only now receiving notification of payment for damages due and have only a week to pay

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 26, 2020

The security deposit statute governs withholding of the security deposit for damages but it does not prevent a landlord from suing for damages. I don't know what you mean by saying that you only have a week to pay. According to whom and what will happen in a week?

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Q: How can I get evicted under RSmo 441.060 section 4
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 26, 2020

I don't follow your question. Here's the statute you referenced, but you included no facts in your question.

4. (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2), the landlord or the tenant may terminate a month-to-month tenancy by a written notice given to the other party stating that the tenancy...
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Q: Hi, I have been dealing with slum lords who have neglected damages done from water leaks and mold/mildew. I need help

My kitchen sink and dishwasher has been pouring into my walls and causing extensive water damage. Flooded carpets, mold growing everywhere..etc. I've asked for them to repair many things and they come "look" at the problem and just leave saying they will be back to fix it.. I've had problems for... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 26, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your bad situation. This is a question-and-answer forum however and you didn't ask a legal question. Based upon what you've written, I think you'll need to decide whether to pay an attorney to represent you or to continue dealing with the landlord on your own.

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Q: If you have previously used a firm, can someone suing you use the same firm; just a different attorney?

My husband is being sued by a landlord from about 5 years ago for a "breach of contract". This landlord is using an attorney from the same firm that my husband has previously used. Is this a conflict of interest? It is a different attorney, but the same firm.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Feb 20, 2020

A conflict of interest arises only if the attorney learned information about you in representing you previously that s/he could use now against you when representing the new client. It does not automatically arise from the attorney’s prior representation of you. There is not enough information in... Read more »

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Q: I was serves Missouri notice to Quit today for lack of payment. I miss one payment. March 30, 2020 is my last day.

Make this month mortgage payment. The notice said I miss two payment. I have prove that I make payment.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 7, 2020

You didn't ask a question. It sounds like you ought to hire an attorney to communicate with the other side if you cannot do so effectively on your own.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Missouri on
Q: My partner passed away. His brother is executor and has told me to leave the home. I have lived here for 7 years

Bil left me 2/3 of the estate, and I know the home I have shared with him for 7 years will have to be sold. His brother is in charge and has given me a week to get out of the home. I have established residency here and this is the only home I have. There is a Will, and I was Bill's sole caregiver... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Feb 7, 2020

First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Your partner’s will is going to control how his estate is distributed, despite all the care you game him. If you are on title to the house, you have more rights than if it was solely in Bill’s name. If you are not on title you have to be given at least 30... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I am sick from living in horrible conditions in my rented house. Can I get out of my lease? Sue for damages?

I am living in a rented slab home that had sewer work done in the house starting Jan 2nd. I have been living in a trashed home since: cement and sewer mud dust is on everything. Now I am ill. They don't take the cleanup seriously. Cheap help may be coming. I am thinking I might want to sue to... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 31, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your terrible living situation.

Yes, you can file a lawsuit. Whether you win will depend upon the claims you plead, the facts, the law, and (most likely) whether the parties hire counsel. I suggest that you meet with and attorney to review the lease and all of the...
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Q: i have two evictions but i also have 18,000 dollars will a landlord allow to rent if i can pay my rent in advance
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 24, 2020

Many landlords will accept payment in full up front in your situation. It will depend on the landlord. Be up front with them and you’ll have a better chance.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Is there a site I could talk to a lawyer to see if i have a strong case against my landlord?? I

My landlord violated our lease agreement on several things.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 10, 2020

You should do some internet research to locate an attorney near you who does free consultations. You should be able to find out your options with a short meeting.

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Q: We want to terminate the lease early, our lease states it can be done. Landlord says we have to finish the term

"Re-Rental Charge: if tenant moves before the end of the term, for any reason, a re-rental fee, the sum of one and a one-half (1.5) months rent, shall be due immediatly at time of the final move out inspection to cover expenses of landlord and manager in obtainig a new tenant."

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 3, 2020

The terms of the lease control what you can do, not what the landlord says. If that clause is in your lease you can terminate the lease early if you pay the penalty.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: What is a legal eviction? And how many days do you have to leave the property?

I was working for this company for 2 and a half years. At first I was just a kennel tech 8.50/hr when i first started. Few months later they made me kennel manager and on salary for 650.00 till just recently I got fired. Being kennel manager they let me get the house that's on the property. At... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 26, 2019

A "legal" eviction requires a court case and judgment against you before the landlord can have the sheriff execute on the judgment and return possession to the landlord. It sounds like you were given a notice to vacate from the landlord and that the landlord will likely file suit if you don't... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: Who is the Respondent on a Garnishment Form?

I am filing a garnishment form (CV92) in Missouri. I am confused on if the Debtor or the Employer is the Respondent. I have Googled this and it's about a 50/50 split. So who do I list as the Respondent? The Debtor or the Employer?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Dec 8, 2019

The petitioner and respondent are the parties to the underlying lawsuit. Respondent in the caption is not the employer.

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Q: is there a missouri statute that allows the landlord, me) to set up a time to enter the property to plan repairs?
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Nov 5, 2019

Here is no statute that addresses this issue. It is normally covered in the lease. This is one reason it is a good idea to have an attorney draw up a lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: getting sued for something I don’t have the title to anymore

I inherited a trailer that I didn’t want. I found someone that wanted it so I gave them the title and keys. A month later the person that owned the lot it was in called me and said he didn’t want that person to live on his property. Another months went buy and the guy I gave the trailer to was... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Nov 4, 2019

If you don’t have a written lease with the land owner you probably have a good defense. You should consult with an attorney to be sure.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: My landlord will not fix my apartment. We went a1 1/2 weeks without the use of the bathroom now the floor is fixed

now the water doesn't work in the sink and no pressure in the shower. Mutiple other problem but that's a big concern should I pay him rent?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 31, 2019

All Missouri leases have an implied warranty of habitability. This means the landlord has to provide certain, very limited and basic, services in a rental. These include a working bathroom and heat source, for example. If you believe your landlord has breached the warranty of habitability, there is... Read more »

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Q: Is it against the law for a landlord to accept rent money from a non-tenant (who was NEVER on the lease)?
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 31, 2019

A landlord may accept payment from any source. Accepting payment from a third party should not affect the terms of the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Someone posseses a general warranty deed but wants nothing to do with it,someone else claims her deseased husbandowned

Deceased husband along with herself signed it over to current general warranty deed person

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Oct 22, 2019

If you want a lawyer to help you do whatever it is you are trying to do, you must restate the question--and add many more facts when you do.

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