Missouri Standard Residential Lease Agreement Form

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The Missouri Standard Residential Lease Agreement gives the backbone to a rental agreement by documenting it on paper for the participants. This type of agreement is usually known as a fixed-term lease. That is, for a specified period of time, a Lessee shall pay a Lessor a predetermined amount of money for the privilege of maintaining a residence on a property the Lessor is renting out. While this is the bare bones of such an agreement, there will be other terms and conditions which both parties will be obligated to follow. These terms and conditions must be named within the lease both are signing for them to be considered part of the lease contract and thus, legally binding.

This document shall cover the main areas that a residential contract or lease must cover in order to remain in adherence to the Missouri Landlord and Tenant Act. In addition to standard terms and conditions, this document shall contain certain disclosures that must be included in such an agreement and present the opportunity to specify certain dimensions of the contract that would be considered unique to the property, parties, a contract (i.e. who pays the utilities, how long will the lease remain in effect).

LawsChapter 441 (Landlord and Tenant)

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How to Write

Step 1 – The bottom of the first page must have some necessary information filled in. Locate the area labeled “Designated Owner Contact,” then enter the full Name and Address of this individual. Then in the space on the right enter that entity’s Phone Number.

Step 2 – Locate the area labeled “Maintenance Requests.” Here enter the full Name and the Address of the individual who will receive maintenance requests for the property from the Tenant on the left. Then on the right fill in this entity’s “Phone Number.”

Step 3 – The next area requiring attention is located below the heading “Basic Agreement.” Here locate Item 1 Lease, then enter the full Name of the Tenant, the full Name of the Landlord, the Apartment Number of the unit being leased (if applicable, the Street Address being leased, the County where the property is located, and the City where the property is located, in this order, in the blank spaces provided.

Step 4 – In Item 2, titled “Authorized Occupants,” there will be several blank lines on the left. They will be labeled as such: Tenant, Co-Tenant, Member, Member, and Member. Here enter the name of the main Tenant, the Co-Tenant, and each Household Member in the spaces provided. On the left will be a box with a list numbered 1-3. Each of these items are labeled “Bedroom.” The two column headings are “Minimum” and “Maximum.” For each bedroom in this rental unit, list the minimum number of people this room is reserved for then the maximum on the spaces provided.

Step 5 – Under the heading “Required Statements: Applicable Statements must be Initialed and Dated,” locate the item labeled “1. If Tenant is Receiving RD Rental Assistance, Complete this Section:” then enter the rent and utilities allotment allowed the Tenant on his/her RD 3560-8 on the first blank space. If the Tenant will be paying for utilities in his/her name enter the utility allowance and adjusted net monthly contribution on the second and third blank space respectively. Next, on the fourth blank space, enter the amount the Landlord or Owner will pay the Tenant if the Tenant Contribution for utilities/services is less than zero. The next blank space (preceding the words “Basic Rent”) will be reserved for the minimum rent the Tenant Contribution may be. Then on the last blank space of this paragraph enter the maximum amount the Tenant Contribution may be. The Tenant, Co-Tenant, and Landlord must initial and date the box on the left of this section. Make note to strike-through “no less than $________ (“basic rent”) nor more than” if (and only if) one is an eligible borrower of L.H. loans and grants or is the recipient of direct or insured RRH loans.

Step 6 – Locate the heading labeled “2. If Tenant Does Not Receive Rental Assistance and Complex is Receiving Plan II Interest, Credit, Complete This Section.” In the first paragraph, enter the gross monthly tenant contribution as reported on the Tenant’s RD 3560-8.

Step 7 – In the second paragraph, enter the utility allowance on the first blank space and the net monthly tenant contribution on the second blank space. In the third and fourth blank spaces in this paragraph enter the minimum tenant contribution and maximum tenant contribution the tenant should expect. The box on the left of this section must be initialed and dated by the Tenant, Co-Tenant (if applicable), and Landlord.

Step 8 – Locate the heading labeled “3. For Plan I Direct or Insured RRH Loans Approved Prior to August 1, 1968, Complete this Section.” If your RRH Loan was approved before August 1, 1968, then enter the rental rate the Tenant must pay. The box on the left of this section must be initialed and dated by the Tenant, Co-Tenant (if applicable), and Landlord.

Step 9 – Locate the area labeled “4. For Plan I Loans Approved On or After August 1, 1968, Complete This Section.” If, and only if, the Tenant’s Plan I Loan was approved on or after August 1, 1968, The box on the left of this section must be initialed and dated by the Tenant, Co-Tenant (if applicable), and Landlord.

Step 10 – Locate the heading “5. If Tenant is Receiving Rental Assistance from Missouri Housing Development Commission, Complete This Section.” Enter the combined amount of money the Tenant’s monthly rent and utilities will be. Then enter the amount of money the Landlord will receive from the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Then on the third and fourth clank space, enter the minimum and maximum dollar amount the rent may be adjusted should the Tenant no longer receive assistance. Finally, the box on the left of this section must be initialed and dated by the Tenant, Co-Tenant (if applicable), and Landlord.

Step 11 – If the complex this property is located in receives section 8 assistance, the box in Item 6 must be initialed by the Tenant, Co-Tenant (if applicable), and the Landlord.

Step 12 – If the Tenant is being assigned a unit for someone with special needs but does not need these alterations the box in Item 7 should be initialed by all signature parties.

Step 13 – It the Tenant’s household income disqualifies them from being eligible for the rental unit, Item 8 must be initialed by all Tenants signing this lease and the Landlord.

Step 14 – Under the heading “IV Landlord and Tenant Additional Mutual Covenants,” locate Item 2, labeled “2. Security Deposit: (This Section Must Be Initialed and Dated,” enter the security amount the Tenant must submit to the Landlord. Should the Tenant be allowed to pay this security deposit in increments after moving in then write out this monthly increment payment on the third blank space and enter it numerically on the fourth blank space. Then on the fifth blank space, enter the number of months the security portion will be added to the monthly rent. Finally, on the sixth blank space, enter the full dollar amount of the security deposit.

Step 15 – Next locate the section labeled “3. Written Statement of Unit Condition: (This Section Must Be Initialed and Dated).” Here all signature parties must read this section then initial and date the appropriate spaces in the box on the left.

Step 16 – In section 9, “Sale of Project,” enter the date that marks the protection period a Tenant enjoys from an increase of rent should the housing project be sold. If the Tenant will move in such an instance simply write the words “the tenant household decides to move” in this space.  On the second blank line enter the relevant 20-year term or the phrase “tenant moves.”

Step 17 – In section 11, “Utilities,” place a check mark next to each utility the Landlord includes in the rent.

Step 18 – Under the heading “V. Additional Tenant Covenants,” locate the item labeled “2. Maintenance of Premises: (This Section Must Be Initialed and Dated), “then make sure all signature parties read, initial, and date the box in the left part of this section. This should also be done in the items labeled “3. Repairs to Unit” and “4. Fixtures.”

Step 19 – In the item labeled “6. Guests,” enter the number of consecutive nights and the number of times a year an overnight guest stays with the Tenant before the Landlord designates them as a resident and requires an application process.

Step 20 – Locate the phrase “In Witness Whereof” at the bottom of the last page. The Landlord must sign his/her name on the left under the heading “Landlord.” Then on the right, the Tenant and Co-Tenant must sign their names under their respective labels. Finally, any attachments that are to be considered part of this document and accompany this document should be checked off at the bottom, in the section labeled “Attachments,” there will be a space for any miscellaneous attachments not named.