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Missouri Eviction Notice Forms | Process and Laws

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The Missouri eviction notice forms are used to inform a tenant of their breach of a lease or that the rental term is up at the end of thirty days. In Missouri, if a tenant is late on rent, the landlord must issue a Demand for Rent before proceeding to court.  If the tenant still refuses to pay after delivering the demand, the landlord may file a Petition for Rent and Possession in Circuit Court for recovery of rent and possession. If the violation is an offense other than unpaid rent, the landlord needs to deliver a notice for non-compliance, which allows the tenant ten (10) days to attempt to mitigate the issue.

Notices By Type

Notice to Quit (Non-Payment) (§ 535.010) – This notice is also called a Demand for Rent and can be issued when rent is late. If the tenant does not pay after the demand is delivered, the landlord can proceed to court.

10-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance) – This form is used when a tenant is breaching the terms of the lease other than by not paying rent. The tenant will have ten days to cure the breach or will have to vacate.

30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month) – This form is used to provide a party notice that they intend to end the month-to-month tenancy at the end of thirty days.

Table of Contents

Eviction Laws

  • Rent Grace-Period:
  • Non-Payment of Rent:
  • Non-Compliance:
  • Illegal Activity:
  • Substantial Damage to Property:
  • Termination (Month-to-Month Lease):
  • Filing an Eviction: Chapter 535 (Landlord-Tenant Actions)

Court Forms

Demand for Rent

Petition for Rent and Possession

Circuit Court

When is Rent Due

Rent is due immediately on the date specified in the lease in Missouri. Demand for Rent is required before a lawsuit can be filed (a summons is sufficient if rent is more than a month late).

How to Evict (Process)

Step 1 – First, a landlord must provide the proper notice to the tenant of his or her intention to seek eviction if the tenant does not comply. In Missouri, if rent is late, a Demand for Rent (Notice to Quit) is required before going to court. If there is a breach of some other term of the lease, other than for non-payment of rent, the landlord may use this form: 10-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance). If the landlord or tenant is seeking to end a month-to-month tenancy, use this form: 30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month).

Step 2 – If the tenant fails to respond to the landlord’s notices, the landlord may proceed with a Petition for Rent and Possession in Circuit Court. The petition must be served on tenant either by a private process server, or the landlord can make a Motion for the court to serve the tenant. If the landlord seeks to remove a tenant for another breach, he or she must file an unlawful detainer action.

Step 3 – If the landlord prevails, the court will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord. The tenant will have ten days to appeal, after which the landlord may apply for a writ of possession. Each county has its own forms. Here is an example of a Request for Writ of Possession from Lafayette county.

How To Write (Notice To Quit)

1 – Organize the Required Paperwork

The Missouri Property Agreement held by the Lessor and Lessee should be kept handy as some information from this document will be necessary to fill out the Notice to Quit form for this state. You may download this Notice using the PDF, ODT, or Word buttons visible by the document image on this page.

2 – Present Recipient Name

The Name of the individual(s) this notice must focus upon must appear at the top of this page on the blank space below the title.

3 – Declare the Property Location and Lease Signature Date

The Missouri Property that concerns this document will need to be reported. The first statement should have the City, County, Zip Code, Building/Number, and any applicable Apartment Number filled into the appropriate areas in the first sentence.


The Signature Date of the Lease Agreement must be cited in the second sentence on this page. Enter the Signature Date that binds the Landlord, Tenant, Rental Property, and Lease this Notice concerns itself in the appropriate areas in the second sentence.

4 – Notice of Required Mandatory Compliance

There will be a series of statements, each with a corresponding checkbox. Choose only one of these statements to solidify the subject matter of this Notice.

The first checkbox, labeled “Nonpayment,” is geared to warn Tenants who are delinquent with their Rent Payments that they must pay the Agent you list on the first blank space (or the undersigned) the Amount of Money you list that must be paid for the Rental Period reported immediately or immediately yield possession of the Leased Property to the Landlord or Landlord Agent. Make sure to consult your records to enter this information accurately as you will need the Total Amount the Tenant owes and the Overdue Amount to be reported.

The second checkbox, labeled “Noncompliance,” is geared to warn Tenants, not compliant with the Lease Terms, that a violation of Lease Terms has occurred and he or she has Ten Days to effect compliance or yield the possession of the Rented Property to the Landlord. Report the exact violation observed on the blank space.


5 – Monthly Rental Termination Date

The third checkbox, labeled “Month To Month Tenancy,” gives the Tenant Thirty Days’ Notice (at least) to the last day the Month to Month Lease will be active. Fill in the Date across the three blank spaces surrounding the phrase “day of.”

The fourth checkbox, also labeled “Month To Month Tenancy,” gives the Landlord Thirty Days’ Notice (at least) to the last day of an active Month to Month Lease. You must fill in this Date using the blank spaces provided.

6 – Provide Disclosure Statement

The Landlord or an Agent authorized by the Landlord who is issuing this Notice must provide his or her Signature on the blank line labeled “Landlord/Agent Signature.”

7 – Define the Delivery Status

The Delivery Status will be defined by the Deliverer in the “Certificate of Service” section at the bottom of this document. This section requires the Deliverer to enter the Day, Month, and Year this document was delivered and the full Name of its Recipient. Then, he or she must mark one of the checkboxes below this statement. Each checkbox will refer to a status. The first refers to a successful hand delivery to the Addressee of this document. The second refers a hand delivery to a very reliable second party. The third will list Delivery as occurring through First Class Mail. The Deliverer must provide a Signature on the Signature Line.