What Rights Do Tenants Have In St. Louis & Across The State?
Tenants in Missouri have the right to receive “habitable” space and “quiet enjoyment” of the home they are renting.
If you think that the house or apartment you are renting is not habitable (for example, a lack of working heat in the winter, dangerous mold issues, or wildlife infestation) consider consulting with an attorney and click here to learn more about Habitability Issues and Tenant Rights to move out and terminate the lease.
In most situations the landlord’s failure or refusal to make repairs or replacements will NOT result in the tenant having the right to terminate the lease, or even withhold rent.
However, the terms of the lease can give you those rights, so it is important if you are having a maintenance or repair issue to have a qualified lawyer review the lease with or for you.
In addition, tenants sometimes have the right to have the repairs made by a qualified contractor and then charge those costs back to the landlord, but if not done properly and within the lease and state law guidelines, doing so may result in the tenant actually being in breach of the lease and risking a lawsuit for damages or eviction.
The Landlord-Tenant Law in Missouri can be found by clicking here (RSMo. Chapter 535). In addition, the Missouri Attorney General has made information available by clicking here, and that page contains a number of handy guides that contain information about the rights of residential tenants.
If you are dealing with a maintenance or repair issue with your landlord in St. Louis or anywhere else in the state, please reach out to us and take advantage of the flat fee pricing we can usually offer in this area.
If you are a residential tenant facing problems with your landlord, we also offer reduced fee consultations of $50 for thirty (30) minutes.
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