When a Missouri Tenant falls behind on rent, Landlords should use the Missouri Demand for Rent. This is a required first step in the eviction process.

Missouri Eviction Laws: Demand for Rent

When a Missouri Tenant is behind on rent, Landlords are required to issue a written demand for rent before filing for eviction.

Missouri law does not give Tenants a set timeframe to make payments. Landlords may demand rent immediately.

 That said, we recommend giving Tenants 3-7 days to pay rent to avoid eviction.

Customize this Demand for Rent to comply with Missouri eviction procedures.

landlords really need to know

Giving a tenant notice is the first stage of the eviction process. Once the notice has been served, the procedure will move forward as follows:

  • The landlord will file with the local court to have a hearing.
  • The landlord and the tenant or representatives will attend the hearing at the given date and time.
  • A ruling will be made. This is generally in favor of the landlord if the proper procedures have been followed.
  • The tenant will be forced to leave the property.

More Information

Details about the eviction process and the laws that are specific to Missouri can be found at: Missouri Landlord Tenant Law

For advice and tips about evicting a tenant and being a landlord in general, please visit: Move Out and Eviction

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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