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When must I return a tenant’s security deposit?

Landlord-tenant laws in Missouri may not be that complicated, but they are particular about how you, as a landlord, do things. One of the keys to avoiding disputes is clear communication between both parties, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Here is a quick refresher on some important points covered by these laws.

Common problems landlords face

There are many joys that can come with renting out a home. Whether it is long-term or only for the summer, landlords generally find success and, not to mention, a little extra income each month. While the financial benefits are one aspect of this process, the tenants themselves can be an entirely different matter. What are some of the common issues Missouri landlords face when renting a property?

Becoming a residential landlord

If you have been giving thought to purchasing a residential rental property in Missouri, you might at times feel overwhelmed at all you would need to know. The benefits of being a landlord include the financial gain you may experience and some flexibility in your schedule, especially if this could become your primary source of income. Some of your concerns, however, may weigh on you such as what you would need to do if a tenant failed to pay their rent.

Non-payment of rent in Missouri

If you own or manage a residential rental property in Missouri you will certainly want to make sure you understand the laws that govern the payment of rent to you. When you and a tenant enter into a lease or rental agreement, you are agreeing to a legal contract. Perhaps one of the most basic terms of this contract is that the tenant will pay you a certain amount of money at certain specified dates in exchange for the right to live in your property. What happens when your tenant fails to do this?

Ways to address a tenant issue

When one hears of a bad rental experience, it is often on the side of the tenant's. Yet what many do not realize is the difficulty countless landlords in Missouri face when attempting to resolve tenant issues. When a tenant refuses to pay rent, vandalizes the property or is a nuisance to neighbors, landlords must step up to the plate. In the meantime, there are some pointers landlords can turn to in challenging times. 

Reviewing other grounds for eviction

As a landlord, you might have any number of problems with your tenant, some of which have been addressed on this blog (failing to pay rent on time, etc.). However, there are far more reasons why eviction may be on your mind or even important. If your tenant is not respecting the rental agreement and you are worried about your property or the financial impact of continuing to rent to this person, it is vital to know your rights. In Saint Charles, and all across Missouri, many landlords have found themselves in this tricky position.

When a tenant becomes too much to handle

Being a landlord, despite the assumptions of many, can come with its own set of difficult obstacles. Opening the doors of homes to strangers certainly requires a great deal of trust. When those thenants refuse to comply with regulations stated in the lease, the landlord may decide to take the next step in resolving the situation. Yet regardless of the type of dispute, there are important facts to know about Missouri landlord rights and the fine print that follows.

On landlord-tenants disputes and the rights of landlords

Imagine that an apartment is being rented out to a tenant, and after a few months, the tenant starts to complain about a variety of issues. These issues need to be dealt with, and so the landlord handles them. But this teaches the tenant that his or her complaints are always just, when in fact not every tenant complaint or grievance is.

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