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Missouri Eviction Notice Forms (3)

A Missouri eviction notice is a legal document used to inform a tenant of a breach of their lease contract. The notice includes a full description of the lease infraction and the time to correct the issue. If the tenant does not address the violation described in the notice, they can be subject to an eviction lawsuit.
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Notice to Quit (Non-Payment) – 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.

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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.

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30-Day Notice to Quit (Month-to-Month Tenancy) – 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.

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Eviction Laws

  • Rent Grace-Period: None.[1]
  • Non-Payment of Rent: None.[1]
  • Non-Compliance: 10 days.[2]
  • Illegal Activity: 10 days.[2][3]
  • Termination (Month-to-Month Lease): 1 month.[4]
  • Filing an Eviction: Landlord-Tenant Actions.[5]

Prohibited Landlord Actions

Utility Shutoff – It is against the law for a landlord to willfully interrupt essential services for a tenant, including but not limited to electric, gas, water, and sewer services.[6]

Changing the Locks – A landlord is legally prohibited from removing or excluding a tenant by removing doors or locks to the premises.[7]

Court Forms

Landlord’s Petition for Rent and Possession, Motion for Order to Post, and Judgment – The landlord will need to fill out and file these forms with their circuit court to begin an eviction action against a tenant.

The Petition is used to begin the eviction action and states the landlord’s justification. The Motion for Order to Post formally enacts that the tenant will be served the Petition. Once a verdict has been reached, it will be recorded in the Judgment form.

If the landlord prevails, the court will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord. The tenant will have 10 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 Execution from Jackson County.

How to Evict a Tenant (3 steps)

1. Provide Eviction Notice to Tenant

Eviction notice posted on door.

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).

2. File Petition with Circuit Court

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 the 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.

Filing fees vary by county. For example:

  • St. Louis County: $53.50, plus an additional $36 sheriff fee for each defendant[8]
  • Jackson County: $112.50, plus an additional $36 for each defendant[9]
  • St. Charles County: $48.50[10]

3. Receive Court Judgment

If the landlord prevails, the court will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord. The tenant will have 10 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 Execution from Jackson County.

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