March 09, 2015
Landlords: Tenant Behavior and When to Evict
Being a landlord is never easy, and usually, this can be because good tenants are hard to find. Too often, landlords may run into a tenant who doesn’t pay rent, or who frequently pays rent late. Landlords can also have trouble if a tenant causes problems for neighbors, or inflicts damage to the rental property. So what happens when you reach your personal limit for bad tenant behavior? How do you know when it’s appropriate to evict?
Should You Pursue Tenant Eviction?
As a landlord, you have the right to evict a tenant in Missouri. It’s best to proceed with caution and legal counsel when pursuing a tenant’s eviction. This way, you can make sure every step you take adheres to Missouri’s landlord-tenant laws.
For instance, Missouri has a five day grace period beyond the due date of rent. The tenant can either pay the rent or move before that five day period expires. If the tenant fails to do either of these things, then the landlord has the legal right to evict. Similarly, if the landlord discovers a tenant using the property for illegal purposes, the landlord must provide the tenant with a notice that states the occupants have 10 days to leave before eviction.
The eviction process can be time-consuming and difficult, which is why it’s advisable for landlords to secure a relationship with an attorney who understands landlord-tenant law. This ensures that evictions remain in accordance with state law.
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