Missouri Rental Laws

Missouri Rental Laws

Your Missouri Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Missouri

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Missouri was 6,063,589 on July 1, 2014, a 1.25% increase since the 2010 United States Census. 

The State of Missouri has 114 counties and 1 independent city totaling 115.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 2 Months
  • Return Deadline:  30 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  10 Days
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes or repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Counties covered:  Adair,   Andrew,   Atchison,   Audrain,   Barry,   Barton,   Bates,   Benton,   Bollinger,   Boone,   Buchanan,   Butler,   Caldwell,   Callaway,   Camden,   Cape Girardeau,   Carroll,   Carter,   Cass,   Cedar,   Chariton,   Christian,   Clark,   Clay,   Clinton,   Cole,   Cooper,   Crawford,   Dade,   Dallas,   Daviess,   De Kalb,   Dent,   Douglas,   Dunklin,   Franklin,   Gasconade,   Gentry,   Greene,   Grundy,   Harrison,   Henry,   Hickory,   Holt,   Howard,   Howell,   Iron,   Jackson,   Jasper,   Jefferson,   Johnson,   Knox,   Laclede,   Lafayette,   Lawrence,   Lewis,   Lincoln,   Linn,   Livingston,   Macon,   Madison,   Maries,   Marion,   McDonald,   Mercer,   Miller,   Mississippi,   Moniteau,   Monroe,   Montgomery,   Morgan,   New Madrid,   Newton,   Nodaway,   Oregon,   Osage,   Ozark,   Pemiscot,   Perry,   Pettis,   Phelps,   Pike,   Platte,   Polk,   Pulaski,   Putnam,   Ralls,   Randolph,   Ray,   Reynolds,   Ripley,   St. Charles,   St. Clair,   Ste. Genevieve,   St. Francois,   St. Louis,   St. Louis City,   Saline,   Schuyler,   Scotland,   Scott,   Shannon,   Shelby,   Stoddard,   Stone,   Sullivan,   Taney,   Texas,   Vernon,   Warren,   Washington,   Wayne,   Webster,   Worth,   Wright
  • Options for Tenant Screening Packages and Prices
  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Last Updated: April 13, 2020