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Retirement home accused of violating landlord-tenant law

Most in Saint Charles would likely limit the extent of the landlord-tenant relationship to either businesses leasing commercial space or individuals paying for single-unit rental properties. Yet there are a number of other special business relationships that deal with residency that might also fall into this category. An unfamiliarity with these unique situations may be the reason why local property owners are so surprised to learn that legal issues that they are faced fall under landlord-tenant law. Thus, one should seek to clearly define the relationship that exists between them and their residential clients in order to be better prepared to respond to potential accusations of wrongdoing. 

Tenants and potentially dangerous dogs

Being a landlord can be tough for many reasons, as we have discussed on our blog (non-payment of rent, etc.). However, some landlords find themselves in very unique circumstances and they are completely unsure of which course of action to take. For example, you may have a tenant who has a potentially dangerous dog and you could be worried that this animal will attack someone and you will be held responsible. In some instances, landlords have been held responsible for a tenant's dog attacking someone. As a result, it is critical to go over your options and deal with this properly.

What should I put in a lease?

If you have a rental property in Missouri, one of the main documents you must create is a lease. The lease protects you and your tenants. It ensures everyone understands the terms of the rental agreement and can prevent serious problems in the future. Because this document is so important, you must ensure you include the right information when you write it.

Working with authorities to evict a tenant

While the relationship between a landlord and a tenant is technically a professional one, it differs from other such relationships in that it involves personal matters. For this reason, tensions between these parties can easily escalate to the point where the potential for violence exists. This often prompts landlords to involve law enforcement to help guarantee their safety when trying to evict. They must, however, receive a judgment from a court authorizing them to commence eviction proceedings before petitioning for police assistance. 

When can you evict?

Dealing with a troubling tenant can be a nightmare when you rent out residential properties in Saint Charles. Not only do you have to deal with the financial uncertainty that such a tenant's tendencies may cause from month-to-month, but then there is also the long-term impact that his or her actions (or inactions) may have on the property. You may already be beyond fed up with such antics and ready to evict, yet does the law allow that? While you might think that you are the one who determines under what circumstances you can force someone to leave your rental properties, the state actually affords tenants certain eviction protections. 

Altercation between landlord and tenant ends in shooting

Landlord-tenant relationships in Saint Charles may often begin with the potential of blossoming into a well-functioning friendship free of discord and animosity. Yet as is often the case in any business relationship, specific details regarding the obligations of each party might place strain on any personal ties that the two parties share. In such cases, rather than remaining cordial, a landlord and a tenant may become downright hostile towards each other, resulting in actions that could potentially endanger the well-being of both. 

Can a tenant sublease your space?

Imagine showing up at one of your rental properties in Saint Charles and being surprised to see someone other than the tenant answer the door. When you ask where the tenant is, the stranger responds by saying that the tenant had to leave, and subsequently allowed him or her to move in. Yet the stranger also tells you not to worry: he or she is paying the rent payment to the (now former) tenant, who plans on then paying it to you. 

Missouri Supreme Court sides with landlord in rent dispute

The relationship between a landlord and a tenant in Saint Charles can be a delicate one. When everything is fine with the property that the two sides share an interest in, then the relationship may remain fine, too. Yet as soon as property arise, that association can be tested. The expectation of tenants may be that when there are issues with a property, the landlord should address them immediately. While that may seem reasonable, problems with a rental unit may not be sufficient cause for a tenant to stop paying rent. If and when a tenant does, then the landlord may just as easily justify its inaction. 

Steps to take if tenants won’t vacate your property

As a landlord in Missouri, you may run into some complicated issues with your tenants. Failure to vacate your property is just one potential issue you could encounter and knowing how to handle this situation properly will offer the best chance of a successful outcome. Zillow.com offers advice in this case, which will allow you to mitigate the situation with a minimum of discomfort and financial loss.

What are your rights of entry in Missouri?

Like every rental property owner in St. Charles, you want to be viewed as a good landlord. That includes being respectful of your tenants' rights. At the same time, your tenants are occupying properties that you own (and ultimately, you have to manage and repair once they are gone). Thus, your desire to be able to enter your rental units to perform routine inspections is understandable. There are also may be times when you need immediate access to a certain area of a unit (such as a shared utility area), or where you suspect tenants may be engaged in illegal activity. The question then becomes with rights of entry do you have to occupied rental units? 

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