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Misuri: Housing Laws

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6 de diciembre de 2019

Housing Laws

There are many different housing laws that involve rights of tenants and landlords. The housing law described in this section provides tenant protections for victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

What protections does this housing law offer to victims?
What steps do I need to take to break my lease early?

What protections does this housing law offer to victims?

There are two types of protections offered to victims under this housing law.

First, if you qualify to rent or lease a home, a landlord cannot refuse to rent a home to you, evict you, or say you have violated your lease just because you:

However, a landlord can refuse to rent to you, evict you, or say you have violated your lease if:

  • you allowed the abuser into the home; or
  • the landlord reasonably believes the abuser is a danger to other people in the home or on the property.1

Second, if you properly notify your landlord about your situation and provide documentation, you can break your lease early.2 If your landlord sues you for rent after you’ve left, you will not be ordered to pay the rent owed after you left the home if the judge believes it is “more likely than not” that:

However, your landlord can still require you to pay a “reasonable termination fee” for ending your lease early.3

1 MO ST 441.920(2)
2 MO ST 441.920(3)
3 MO ST 441.920(3), (4), (6)

What steps do I need to take to break my lease early?

If you are forced to leave your home and break your lease early because of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you must do the following:

  • give your landlord a statement that says you are leaving because of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and
  • provide any additional documentation or proof that the landlord asks for. You can provide either of these forms of proof to your landlord:
  1. A document signed by a victim service, health care, or mental health provider or professional that you asked for help. The document must say, “under penalty of perjury,” that the provider or professional believes that you have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking as defined by the law. You must also sign the document.
  2. A record from a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency. This includes police reports, court records, or administrative agency records about an incident of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.1

1 MO ST 441.920(4)