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Missouri Residential Lease Agreement

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Missouri Landlords need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Missouri Lease laws and that covers all terms of the rental relationship.

Our MO Lease Agreement gives Landlords all the protection they need and it’s EZ to create!

  1. Follow simple prompts to customize your Lease online in about 15 minutes.
  2. As you build your Lease, you’ll get State Assist Tips that point out key state laws.Note: All Missouri-required terms, clauses, and disclosures are AUTOMATICALLY included in the Lease Agreement.
  3. With the click of a box, add any addendums you want to create the complete Lease Package. Choose from over 25 addendums and disclosures!
  4. Review and sign your Lease online using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
  5. Your executed Lease is automatically stored securely on the cloud with our ezCloudStorage. It’s also EZ to print or download as a PDF.

Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our MO Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all state Lease requirements. That means you don’t need to worry about these laws when creating your Rental Contract. Makes things EZ, right?

But, you will want to be familiar with Missouri Landlord-Tenant Laws when managing your rentals.

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing Year-to-Year Tenancy: Either party may terminate by giving written notice at Least 60 days before the end of the Lease term. Month-to-Month Tenancy: Either party may terminate with at least 30 days’ written notice.
Security Deposit Security deposits may not exceed two (2) months' rent. A Landlord may not require upfront payment of the last month's rent to exceed this limit

Note: Missouri statutes do not include pet deposits in this limit, two months' rent plus an additional pet deposit may be charged.

Returned Payment Fee Landlords may charge a reasonable service charge, not to exceed $25 plus an amount equal to the actual charge by the depository institution, for the return of dishonored checks.
Late Fee Assessed fees must be reasonably related to the expenses the Landlord incurs as a result of a late payment.
Insurance Requirements

Landlords may require occupants to obtain renters insurance and can make the failure to do so a breach of the lease.
Notice to Enter Missouri has no requirements regarding the amount of notice a Landlord must give before entry for non-emergent reasons. That said, we recommend giving at least 24 hours’ notice.
Landlord Requirements St. Louis: In addition to the Fair Housing Act protected classes (race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin), St. Louis also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or source of income.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Required Disclosures

The only required disclosure in Missouri is a Lead-Based Paint Disclosure.

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Pursuant to federal law, if the property was built before 1978, Landlords must provide Tenants with a lead-based paint disclosure.

Have other disclosures or addendums you want to include in your Lease Agreement? With the click of a box, you can select from over 25 addendums and disclosures to customize your Lease Package - for example, a Pet Addendum, Pool/Hot Tub Addendum, or Mold Prevention Addendum.

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Pro Tip: A customized Lease Package makes sure that you’ve covered all terms for your rental property and that your new Tenant is prepared to take care of your property. Plus, it sets the tone of good communication and lays the foundation for a good Landlord-Tenant relationship.

This is just one of the reasons we like to say that a Great Lease Makes a Great Landlord!

Advice for Landlords in St. Louis


Does a Lease Agreement need to be notarized in Missouri?
No, Missouri Lease Agreements do not have to be notarized. As long as the Lease is agreed upon and signed by both parties, it’s legally binding and fully enforceable.

What are the Landlord-Tenant laws in Missouri?
We’ve summarized some key Lease laws in the Landlord-Tenant section above. In addition, Missouri’s Landlord-Tenant laws are outlined in this state-provided resource: Missouri Landlord-Tenant Law: the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants. This is a great resource for Landlords to review and be familiar with!

What is the standard Lease term in Missouri?
The standard Lease term in Missouri is one year (12 months). While oral and written Lease Agreements are accepted, any Lease longer than one year must be in writing to be enforceable. Regardless of the Lease term, we recommend always using a written Lease Agreement to ensure that you’re protected.

Short-term and long-term Lease Contracts are accepted in Missouri. For example, Vacation Rental Agreements, Month-to-Month Lease Agreements, and Multi-Year Lease Agreements are all recognized in Missouri.

How can I get a free Rental Agreement online?
We offer a free Lease Agreement for Landlords to use. That said, basic, simple Lease Agreements don’t provide the same protection that a state-specific Lease does.

You can build our free Lease Agreement and our Missouri Lease Agreement at the same time and then decide which one you want to use. If you decide to use the free one, it’s completely free. No payment required!

Do Missouri Landlords need a Lease Agreement?
Yes! Anyone who rents real estate needs a Lease Agreement. This is true whether it’s an apartment, condo, duplex, or single-family home

It’s the Lease that provides all the terms of the rental relationship and protects the Landlord, or lessor, should any problems arise.

You have a lot invested in your rental property, so it makes sense to invest in a Great Lease too. While there are blank, fillable Lease Agreements available online, these don’t fully protect Landlords. A generic Lease form, like the one offered by the Missouri Association of Realtors, is better than nothing but it’s not great.

To get the most out of your rental, avoid Landlord headaches, and ensure you’re protected, we recommend using a Great Lease that’s customizable and state-specific.

Missouri Rental Forms and Templates

  • Missouri 10-Day Demand for Possession:This form should be used if the Tenant is in violation of the Lease Agreement. It’s a necessary first step before filing for eviction.
  • Missouri Demand for Rent:This form should be given to Tenants that break the Lease by being late with rent payments. This is a required first step before initiating eviction proceedings.
  • Missouri Abandoned Property Notice:If rent is past due for at least 30 days, Landlords may serve a Tenant with this Notice, stating that the Landlord considers the property abandoned. If the Tenant does not reply within 10 days stating that the property is not abandoned, the Landlord or property manager may enter the property and begin preparing it to be rented by new Tenants.
  • Missouri Methamphetamine/Controlled Substance Disclosure: This disclosure is required if a property has ever been used as a Methamphetamine Lab or if the Landlord has any knowledge that the property has been used for Meth production.
  • Missouri Landlord-Tenant Pamphlet:This resource outlines Landlord and Tenant rights in the state of Missouri.

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