Free Missouri Rental Lease Agreement

Sample Missouri Rental Lease Agreement


THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the "Lease") dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___.



(the "Landlord")

- AND-


(the "Tenant")

(individually the "Party" and collectively the "Parties")

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Missouri, ______________________ (the "Property"), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the "Rent").
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Missouri, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:
    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party's attorney fees.
  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Missouri.
  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Missouri (the "Act"), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.
  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.
  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.
  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant's negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant's employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.
  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.
  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.
  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.
  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.
  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.
  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.
  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord's address for notice is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Missouri, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord's rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord's rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other's acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of $25.00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant's financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord's agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual 'For Sale' or 'For Rent' or 'Vacancy' signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

Landlord: _______________

Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

Tenant: _______________


Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Missouri, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Missouri, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Missouri Rental Lease Agreement

What do you know about the landlord-tenant law applicable to the state of Missouri? Before you sign the rental lease agreement in Missouri, you should read the rules and regulations that apply to landlords and tenants in the state. In this article, we shall guide you through some of the basic lease agreement and rental laws, besides disclosing your name and address.

  • Official Rules and Regulations

    • Landlord and Tenant laws - Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 441.005-441.880

    • Small Claims Courts - Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 482.300-482.365

    • Landlord and Tenant Actions - Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 535.010-535.300

Security Deposit

In the state of Missouri, the maximum deposit security is not more than two months’ rent

The security deposit interest, which is any security earned on a security deposit belongs to the landlord.

The landlord shall set up a separate security deposit bank account, and the landlord shall not commingle the security deposit with any other funds except under the provisions of section 339.105.

There is no stature for pet deposits or non-refundable fees.

The landlord should return the security deposit 30 days after the termination of the lease.

  • Some of the uses of the security deposit

    • Payment of rent due to the landlord

    • Restoration of the unit to the condition it was in at the beginning of the tenancy.

    • Compensation for the landlord in case of actual damages that result from a tenant failing to give adequate notice of termination of tenancy.

    • The landlord is required to give a written description or an itemized list of the damages and charges

No statutes govern record keeping of deposit withholdings or receipt of Deposits.

In case of non-compliance, and if the landlord withholds the security deposit wrongfully, then the tenant can recover damages up to twice the amount wrongfully withheld.

Rent, Lease, and Fees

Rent is due as stated in the lease agreement

No statutes govern rent increase notices or rent grace period although the lease may define the latter.

No statutes exist for prepaid rent or lease fees.

Returned checks attract about $25, plus the amount owed which is the fee charged by the bank for every returned check

The tenant is not allowed to withhold rent if the landlord fails to provide essential services but, if there is a heat-related utility service which notifies tenants in a master metered, multi-tenant building of an impending service termination for nonpayment, then the tenants may prevent the termination by promptly petitioning the associate division of the circuit court of the country for the property to be put into receivership.

  • The tenant can repair and deduct rent.

    • However, it is only applicable to tenants who have resided in the building for six consecutive months, and tenants who’ve paid all the rent and charges due.

    • If the issue is a code violation or if it detrimentally affects the habitability of the house

    • If, after a 14-days written notice to the landlord for repairs less than $300, or one-half the periodic rent, whichever is greater.

    • If the tenant cannot deduct more than one month’s rent in the aggregate.

    • In case there are other requirements, notifications or provisions applicable.

No statute states whether the landlord can recover the court or attorney fees

The landlord should make reasonable effort to mitigate any damages to the lessee, including any efforts of re-renting.

No statutes guide on early termination fees

In case if aband0onemnt of personal property, the landlord may discard the tenant’s personal property if the tenant fails to respond to a formal written notice after 10 days.

Notices and Entry

In fixed-end-date leases, no notice is necessary for the termination of tenancy as it just ends

For yearly leases with no-end date, a 60-day written notice should be issued before the end of the year.

In monthly leases, one-month written notice is necessary for the termination of tenancy

No statutes guide the termination of weekly leases or for termination of tenancy with 24-hour written notices.

Immediate eviction is made possible by court order in case of emergencies that threaten the safety of the tenants, or one that could cause immense property damage. Also, this happens if the leased property is used to promote drug-related criminal activities, or if a tenant’s guest engages in criminal activity.

A landlord must give a date/ time of move-out inspection written the notice.

In case rent is unpaid, terminate of lease for nonpayment could happen if a landlord gives an immediate, unconditional quit notice.

A 10-days’ notice is given for terminations resulting from lease violations.

No statutes are available for notices before entry, non-emergency repairs/ maintenance, entry for showings, entry without notice, entry during a tenant’s extended absence, or the use of pesticides.

Lockouts and utility shutoffs aren’t allowed.

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes

This section highlights the applicable rental laws for name and addresses, a copy of leases, domestic violence situations. The rental laws and the Missouri rental lease agreement also outline landlord’s responsibilities, tenant’s duties, retaliation, lead disclosures, and the disclosure of prior (Meth) Methamphetamine Manufacture labs.

Legal and Court Matters

The Missouri Small Claims Court has set limits of $5,000. But, eviction cases aren’t allowed.

It also outlines the eviction process

The statute of Limitations keeps written contracts valid for 10 years and oral contracts for 5 years

You can get legal help from Missouri courts, the attorney general’s office, the bar, or legal aid.

Business License

In the state of Missouri, there is no state-wide requirement for business licenses, but cities and counties could have different requirements.

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