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What Is a Missouri Lease Agreement?

A Missouri lease agreement may be a legally binding contract between a landlord and someone who wants to lease their commercial or residential property. The lease agreement outlines several things: the location of the property, how the property can be used, the amount due in rent, and how long the lease will last. All Missouri lease agreements must comply with the state’s landlord tenant laws.

The Most Commonly Used Missouri Lease Agreements

The most commonly used Missouri lease agreements include a standard residential lease agreement, a month to month lease agreement, a lease with an option to buy, a roommate agreement, a sublease agreement, and a commercial lease agreement.

How to Write a Standard Missouri Lease Agreement

To write a standard Missouri lease agreement, you should include the following information:

Create a section titled "Basic Agreement." You’ll include:

  • The legal names and addresses of both the landlord and the tenant(s) signing the lease.
  • The address of the rental unit. You’ll also need to list the county and city where the property is located.

Next, create a section titled "Authorized Occupants."

  • Include the name of every occupant who will live on the property. They should be listed as either a tenant, co-tenant, or household member.
  • This section should include a maximum number of occupants based on the number of bedrooms.

Create a section named "Required Statements: Applicable Statements." These statements must be initiated and dated by the tenant(s):

  • "If Tenant is receiving RD Rental Assistance, complete this section…" You will enter the rent and utilities that will be paid by RD 3560-8.
  • If the tenant pays their own utilities, enter the utility allowance and adjusted net monthly contribution. You’ll also list any amount that the landlord will pay in utilities.
  • Enter the amount of basic rent as "no less than $______ ("basic rent") nor more than…"

Create a heading of "If Tenant Does Not Receive Rental Assistance and Complex Is Receiving Plan II Interest, Credit, Complete This Section."

  • First, list the gross amount of monthly rent the tenant contributes for Tenant’s RD 3560-8.

Next, Create a heading for "3. For Plan I Direct or Insured RRH Loans Approved Prior to August 1, 1968 Complete This Section."

  • If the RRH loan was approved before the date in the header, enter the amount of rent the tenant will pay.

Create a heading for "4. For Plan I Loans Approved On or After August 1, 1968, Complete This Section."

  • If you have a Plan I loan that was approved on or after August 1, 1968, you’ll just have the tenant and co-tenant initial the box. You will also need to initial this section.

Create a heading for "5. If Tenant Is Receiving Rental Assistant from Missouri Housing Development Commission, Complete This Section."

  • Enter the total money due for rent and utilities. Enter the amount of money the landlord receives from the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Enter both the minimum and maximum amount of money that the rent would change if the tenant stops receiving assistance.

Additional items you may want to include are:

  • Create a section that explains how tenants may request maintenance.
  • Whether the unit is designed for individuals with special needs and doesn’t need alterations.
  • A section that addresses whether pets are allowed.
  • Additional covenants. This section includes the amount paid as a security deposit.
  • A written statement of on the condition of the unit.
  • How long the tenant shall enjoy the property without a rent increase if the property is sold.
  • Whether the landlord includes any utilities in the rent.
  • A policy that addresses how many guests the tenants may have and how long the guests may stay.

The tenants and the landlord must sign and date the lease. Both parties should keep a copy of the Missouri lease agreement once it’s executed.

What Disclosures Must Be Made in a Missouri Lease Agreement?

There are no disclosures required for Missouri lease agreements except for the federal disclosure for lead paint if the unit was built prior to 1978.

What You Need to Know about Missouri Lease Agreement Deposits

The maximum amount that can be charged for a security deposit is two months of rent. The security deposit must be returned within 30 days after the lease ends.

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