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Missouri Tenant Background Check

Missouri Tenant Screening

The most effective way to make sure you lease to highly qualified applicants is to conduct background checks for Missouri tenants that ensure you are confident and a sigh of relief knowing that you're renting to the top applicants.

It is not uncommon for a potential tenant to apply for a rental application in their own name only to have someone else reside in the property with a bad rental background or criminal history. This is one of the many reasons why performing thorough the Missouri tenant background check on every applicant, not only the principal applicant, is vital.

In addition, the Previous Address Tenant History will help determine if the applicant provided truthful information about prior addresses or didn't reveal an address where the tenant was removed or is owed money by the landlord due to late charges or rent.

Credit reports show the likelihood that a prospective tenant makes payments in time, which gives an insight into the ability of the prospective tenant to pay rent. But credit reports don't disclose a history of eviction. So make sure to include the report on eviction history when you purchase your Missouri Tenant Background Screening and find out whether the applicant has an eviction record and the date it occurred. For example, maybe the applicant has an eviction that occurred several years ago during an emergency financial situation, or maybe your candidate has a history of several expulsions, including recent ones due to non-payment of rent or other reasons.

You shouldn't have your reputation as a landlord who leases out to the most qualified applicants destroyed by the presence of a tenant who has a criminal record and lives in the rental properties. Make sure you protect yourself, your tenants, neighbors, and your home from criminals who could wander between rental property to another, commit grave crimes, or hide from law enforcement authorities. Incorporating your Criminal History search with your Missouri Background Checks for Tenants will let you know if your tenant has a criminal record and the nature of the offenses committed. It is important to ensure that every applicant does not have a criminal record from another state. You can check this with The Federal Search, which will search databases throughout the United States. In addition, searches like the Terrorist Search and the Sex Offender Search will search these databases for criminal charges specifically associated with those crimes. Conducting these background checks on Missouri tenants is not just important in determining who is the best candidate and can help you save considerable legal costs as landlords could be held accountable in the event of injury due to a tenant with criminal records.

Criminals and those who regularly do not pay rent or have an egregious history of damage to rental properties are always looking for new methods to trick an unaware landlord into renting to them. The Social Security Number Fraud Check will alert you quickly to potential tenants who have provided an untrue social security number to disguise their real identity. Missouri Tenant Screening Background Checks will also prevent identity theft when someone provides a fake social security number that the applicant recognizes belongs to someone else.

Reduce the expense of Missouri Tenant Background Checks for Screening since the cost of screenings is often transferred to prospective applicants. Candidates looking to live in peace at one of the rental properties ought not to be worried about paying for the extensive Missouri Tenant Background Checks for screening to show that they are worthy of living within one of the rental properties. Be sure to get the most recent information within a short period of time.


The Koleman Group LLC provides tenant screening background checks nationwide. Are you looking for a tenant screening report for an additional state other than Missouri? Check out the tenant background checks section to find out more.

Missouri Landlord-Tenant Law

This information in no way can substitute for professional advice. If you have any questions or think you may have a legal claim under the Missouri Landlord-Tenant Law, it is recommended to speak with an attorney.

The Official Rules and Regulations

Tenant and Landlord Mo. Rev. Stat. SSSS 441.005-441.880

Small Claims Courts - Mo. Rev. Stat. SSSS 482.300-482.365

Landlord-Tenant Actions - Mo. Rev. Stat. SSSS 535.010-535.300

Secure Deposit

The Security Deposit Limit: State allows for not more than the equivalent of two months' rental in accordance with SSSS 535.300(1)

Secure Deposit Interest: The law is not in place.

Separate Security Bank Accounts for Deposits: No statute given

pet deposits: The law is not in place.

Fees that are not refundable: No statute given

Deadline for the return of Security Deposits: The security deposit is due 30 days following the expiration of the lease as per the SSSS 535.300(2)

Permitted Uses of the Deposit

Rent due towards the landlord;

To repair and restore the unit back to its original condition, excluding normal wear and tear.

Compensation is paid to the landlord for damages that arise from the tenant's refusal to give enough notice to end the lease if the landlord has made reasonable efforts to minimize the damages under SSSS535.300(3)

Require Itemized Lists as well as a Description of Charges and Damages: Absolutely, in accordance with SSSS 535.300(2)(2)

Record-keeping of Withholdings on Deposits: There is no law governing record keeping of deposits.

Receipt of Deposit: There isn't a statute

Failure to Meet the requirements: The tenant can recuperate up to two times the amount withheld from the landlord when the security deposit isn't returned in accordance with SSSS 535.300(5)

Lease, Rent & Fees

Rent due: As stated in the lease's conditions

Tenant Increase Notice: The law is not in place.

Rental Grace Period: Even though no specific law has been specified, it can add to the lease agreement.

late fees: The law is not provided; however, it could be stated in the lease

Pay-per-Rent: No statute given

Return Check Fee: A basic fee for returned checks of 25 dollars, in addition to the fees charged by the bank for each time an unreturned check according to the SSSS 570.120(6)(2)

Provision for Tenant To Withhold Rent in the Event of Inability to Provide Essential Services (Heat Water, Electricity, and so on. ): But when a utility that is a heating service informs tenants of a multi-tenant structure of a possible shut-off or end of service in the event of non-payment, tenants can stop the service from being shut off by requesting to the associated division of the circuit court of the county to cause the building to be placed in receivership. The following statute gives additional information 441.650 of the SSSS 441.650

Tenant is allowed to repair and deduct Rent: Yes, but certain restrictions are in place under SSSS 441.234

This is only valid for tenants who are a tenant who was a resident in the property for a period of six consecutive months and who has paid the rent and other charges payable to the landlord in that period:

The issue negatively impacts the capacity of the building to live in as well as is an obvious construction code violation.

After 14 days, and the landlord has received written notice to the landlord repairs that are not more than 300 dollars or one-half of a month's rent, whichever is likely to be more or

The tenant is not able to deduct the amount of the value of one month's rent over the course of a 12-month time period.

Other notifications, requirements, and requirements may be applicable; see the SSSS 441.234

Landlords Allowed to Recover costs of court and attorney: No statute given

The landlord must Try Reasonably to Reduce the Lessee's Damages, including the possibility of rerenting: Yes pursuant to SSSS 535.300(3)(3)

Early Ending Charge: No statute given

Abandonment and personal property: If a tenant quits their unit and does not pay the rent, the landlord is entitled to take away the tenant's personal belongings when they fail to respond to the formal notice in 10 days to other conditions. For more details, refer to the law 441.065 of the SSSS. 441.065

Notifications as well as entry

Notice to End Tenancy Fixed End Date of Lease: No notice is required because the lease expires at the time specified in the lease contract pursuant to the SSSS 441.070

Notice to Terminate Yearly Tenancy Lease without an End Date: 60 days written notice is required prior to the expiration of the year in accordance with SSSS 441.050

Notice to End Tenancy - Month-to-month lease: One month or 30 days' written notice must be given prior to the periodic rent due date. The SSSS 441.060(4)


Notice to End Tenancy - Week-to-week Lease: There is no law to follow.


The Termination of Tenancy by 24 Hours ' Notice: No law is provided

Immediate eviction Ordered by court order: The immediate expulsion of a tenant could be ordered by a court in certain circumstances in which these circumstances arise:

It is an urgent situation that rapidly puts at risk the safety of tenants or is likely to cause damage that is greater than the total cost of rental for a single year.

the property leased was utilized for a drug-related or any other criminal act;

The tenant or any household member of the tenant's or guest has been involved in a drug-related or similar criminal act within or around the property that is being rented.

The tenant willingly allowed or allowed a person to stay on any part of the property leased after being informed that the person in question was exiled or barred from the property prior to a date. For more information, refer to SSSS 441.740

Notice of the Date/Time of the Move-Out Inspections The landlord must give the tenant sufficient notice in writing regarding the time and date that have been selected for a move-out inspection. Since the tenant is entitled to be present at an inspection, the timing and date selected must be ratified by both parties in accordance with SSSS 535.300(4)

Notification of Termination due to non-payment: Notice of Termination for Nonpayment: In the event that rent has not been paid on the due date specified in the lease, the landlord is entitled immediately issue an unconditional quit notice in accordance with SSSS 535.010

Termination of lease violation Ten days warning is mandatory. In addition to other leasing violations, a 10-day notice is required if a tenant is subletting the apartment without written consent or permitted the property to use prostitution, gambling, or any other criminal activity that is related to drugs as described in SSSS 441.020, SSSS 441.030 and SSSS 441.040

Required notice prior to entry: There is no statute to follow.

Entry is allowed with a Notice for Repairs and Maintenance (non-emergency): There is no law to apply.

Entry Permitted with Notification for Displays: There is no statute to be cited.

Emergency Entry is allowed without Notification: No law is provided

Entry is allowed during the Tenant's Extended Absence: It is a violation of the law. No law is provided

Note to Tenants Concerning Pesticide Use Use of pesticides by tenants: There is no statute to guide tenants

Lockouts Allowed Lockouts Allowed: Lockouts aren't allowed in accordance with the SSSS 441.233(1)


Utility Shut-offs Allowed: No utility shut-offs are permitted pursuant to

SSSS 441.233(2)Disclosures and other Miscellaneous Notes

Name and address Name and Addresses: The tenant must have the address and name of the manager and the address of the property owner to enable service of process and receipt of demands and notices regarding the property. This information must be provided prior to the commencement of the tenancy in accordance with SSSS 535.185

The Lease Copy: There is no law to guide the lease.

Home Violence Conditions: AARDVARK or A rape, Abuse or Violence Against Women. Violence Help and Resource Library is an online directory of Missouri Family Violence and Support Contacts for each county.

Landlord's Responsibilities: as listed within the Missouri Attorney General's Guide to Missouri Tenant-Landlord Law (pg. 5:)

The habitability Unit is required to be habitable prior to the time of the move.

Repairs: The landlord must pay or make repairs resulting from normal use and tear.

Utilities - Avoid cutting off the electricity of a tenant's gas or water

Transfer of Ownership Give tenants an in-writing notice whenever the property is transferred to another owner and the property is sold.

Discrimination - It is illegal to discriminate against potential tenants

Tenant's Responsibility: Tenant's Responsibility: as stated in the SSSS 441.630

Trash - Remove all trash, garbage, or other trash neatly and cleanly that may draw rodents in;

Electrical Heating and Plumbing Avoid the use of heating, electricity, or plumbing equipment

Compliance - Complete all the obligations imposed upon tenants by the Code enforcement agency or the community as a whole:

Damage Refrain from deliberately and willfully damaging, defacing and damaging, degrading, or removing any portion or structure building or facility and to disallow anyone else on-site from performing the same and

Subleasing: The property owner shall not in any circumstance sublet, rent, or hand over the property to other occupants without the owners' written consent and knowledge

Retaliation against: No statute is provided

Lead Disclosure Landlords are required by law to inform tenants of all possible or recognized hazards related to lead paint. They must also give tenants an information booklet that explains the dangers of lead paint. It must be provided in the form of an additional attached to the lease in its original form.

Disclosure of Methamphetamine Production: Prior to manufacturing (Meth Laboratory): Any potential tenants, buyers, or leases should be informed in writing of any information regarding previous methamphetamine production within the premises regardless of whether the individuals involved were found guilty of the criminal conduct in violation of the SSSS 441.236.


Maximums: Limits to $5k or less: according to the SSSS482.305

Are Eviction Cases Accepted in Small Claims Court: The answer is No. Evictions are argued in circuit courts.


Eviction Procedure: If rent is not paid by the date, the landlord is required to demand payment in the form of the statement, which an affidavit has authenticated with the circuit court describing the facts. The court issues an order for that defendant's appearance in court and provides reasons as to the reason why possession of the property is not returned back to the landlord. For more details, refer to the statutes SSSS 535.020 as well as SSSS 535.060.

Statute of Limitations

Written contracts: 10 year written contract: 10-years as per SSSS 516.110

Oral contracts are: 5 years as per SSSS 516.120


Business Licences

Business License required: There aren't state laws requiring landlords to have an official business license; however, numerous counties and cities have their own rules and regulations. As an example, the City of Independence requires the use of a Landlord Business License. It is essential to check with the local governing bodies to determine if the license is required.

Updated on 2022-06-07 21:33:49 by larry coleman

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