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When a tenant becomes too much to handle

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2017 | Landlord-tenant Law

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.

Understanding landlord and tentant rights may seem daunting, but Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley shares some of the basics in a way that is easy to understand. In a brief pamphlet on landlord-tenant law, the AG makes clear that disputes between homeowners and tenants are all too common. In the case of a disagreement, it is important for all who are involved to know their rights. And although there are clear guidelines landlords must follow when offering a home for rent, tenants have an obligation to pay rent and respect the property. Among other tenant requirements are the reasonable care of property and avoiding the accepting of additional occupants. When tenants refuse to follow these rules, a landlord may begin eviction proceedings. First, however, they must obtain a court order. There are other guidlines the AG shares, should landlords choose this route to solution.

The Balance also lists common concerns landlords have with tenants, and adds that, first and foremost, landlords should never place themselves in danger. Disputes between landlords and tenants can become significantly heated, but the Balance also notes that simply listening to tenants can improve the situation. Simply being available to tenants is another crucial factor, and helps bolster professionalism. To dovetail with this tip, it is also important for landlords to complete all needed maintenance repairs — doing so can be beneficial in the case of legal action.