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Rental Basics in Missouri : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Dec 25, 2014
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
I do. I advise my landlord clients to do a three pronged background check, credit history, eviction history and criminal history. It only costs $25 per person (I can give you the vendor I use if you contact me here on Trulia) and I find that anyone who cannot successfully pass the background check just goes away! I also get employment/income verification so we know they can afford to pay the rent, and references.

My landlords are very happy! I have rarely had a 'bad apple' get past all of that, not that it doesn't happen, it does, but it's rare.
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Kristin Dodson, REALTORĀ® answered:
There are all kinds of Government assistance for each state. Go to your cities website and see if there is a link, or better, yet type into the browser,

What apartment buildings give rent assistance?

Here is an example on how some work:

Lets say the Basic rent is $700, you qualify because of low income, the government gives the apartment landlord $200 to subsidies and you pay only $500 per month. Some will include unities too! It may take awhile,to check around and you can always ask if they need help for exchange for rent!

The best of luck to you, Kristin Dodson, Realtor
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Wed Mar 6, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
As Realtors we do not steer people to areas we feel are good, bad or whatever. That is your decision to make and what I find disgusting you might just love. Have an agent show you things in the area and price range and you decide what you like. ... more
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Sat Jun 1, 2013
Dean Eshelman answered:
A number of real estate brokerages also handle rentals. Our office does. I would suggest you locate an office in the area of the property as they know the area and often agents have requests for rentals particularly with short sales. Here is a link to a good article on the subject ... more
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Mon Sep 17, 2012
r b answered:
I would love to help you but I can not find the address.
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Sun Jul 21, 2013
William Robison answered:
Typically, home ownership is more cost advantageous than renting. Beyond just the overall monthly payment, there are other considerations to factor, such as tax benefits and appreciation.

Depending upon your location desired, the differences can be greater or lessor.

For more information or to discuss specifics, contact me at:

William Robison
Storybook Realty
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Fri May 25, 2012
Dale Weir answered:
when a home is sold that has tenants in it, the new owner has to honor the terms of the current contract. If you are month to month, they can terminate your lease. If you have a lease, they have to let you remain until the end of the lease with the same terms.

The security deposit and any other deposits are transferred from the old owner to the new owner as part of the transaction. The new owner is then the one that you will deal with at the end of the contract time period
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Terri Hunter answered:
What size and type of home are you looking for? I have a 2 bedroom apartment that has just been completely redone including new central heat and air units that is available for $475 a month. I am also the Treasurer for the Sedalia Landlord Association and I can provide you with a list of some local landlords. Give me a call sometime at 660-596-5093 ... more
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Fri Aug 31, 2012
Marcia Kelly answered:
Things Renters Should Be Know Before Signing a Lease:

.1. Have the Better Business bureau or local landlord-tenant organization advise you if any of the landlord's renters have had complaints. Also, ask the landlord to provide the names of current or previous tenants so you can obtain references.
2. Specify exactly how much you will have to pay each month & upfront , & who pays for which utility or landscaping expense,
3. Ask if the landlord intends to return your pet and security deposits in full.
3. Ask the landlord if the property is insured and whether or not he is current with his own payments for the property.
4. Make sure you discover if the property has or has had any environmental problems, i.e., mold, pests, or has been a meth lab. Also find out if these problems have been rectified and verify this with the contractor who corrected each situation.
5. Find out if any registered sexual predators live in the building.
5. Have the landlord conduct a walk-through inspection and initial any damage that exists before you move in. Get a copy of this or videotape the walk-through. Film yourself with the landlord holding a sign showing the date.
5. Ask the landlord who is responsible for repairs and how the landlord will handle such repairs.
6. Find out how much notice a landlord can give you before entering the premises.
7. Ask the landlord if the rental has or has had any environmental problems, i.e, mold, termites, or if the property has been a meth lab.
5. Read a copy of local landlord-tenants regulations. You can obtain this from a local landlord-tenants organization. Know your rights as tenant.
.6. Ask whether pets are allowed & what type. If the landlord will not agree to pets or more than 1 pet, ask if you can put down a larger pet deposit.
7. Find out if you can sublease your rental.
8. Also, find out if you can have roommates, if you plan to have them.
9. Find out if the landlord has hazard insurance on the property. If not, do not move in here.

Negotiating a contract:

1. Find out if you can obtain a discount for agreeing to a longer-term lease, i.e., 2-3 years.
2. If you feel the rent is too high, ask if the landlord can lower it. What the heck? The Landlord may agree to a lower rent. (Bring letters of reference from other landlords so you can promote yourself as a wonderful, trustworthy tenant.)
3. Ask the landlord upfront if he or she will repair problems that are obvious when you first visit the rental, i.e., paint the premises or improvements.. If he won't, try to make this a condition of your renting the rental.
4. Bring a copy of your credit report to show the landlord. He'll check it anyway; but if your report is good, you'll make a better first impression. If more than 1 person is vying for the rental, you'll make first on the list.
5. Find out if there is an "escape clause."in the lease. You may get transferred to another area, for example. Also determine if there are any penalties for leaving early. If no escape clause exists, ask to have one put into your contract..
Be sure to have the landlord initial every change or addition to the contract.
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Monica Brewer answered:
Try Stephen Kuhn at (314) 843-4443. He covers it all.
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Mon Oct 17, 2011
Dianna answered:
we live in crane missouri and we are looking for a rent to own . were on disablety and can only pay around 299.00 to 300 dollars a month
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Wed Jan 9, 2013
Bob Waters answered:
The 63139 area is one of the best areas of Saint Louis. This is a family friendly area, with good homes, schools and convenient shopping. Prices remain stable in most of this area and you can pick up a multi-family unit for a good price. Single family properties can get pricier and thus command higher rent. ... more
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Mon Aug 15, 2011
Cathy Sloan answered:
Below is a link to the Missouri Lanfdlord-Tenant Law
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Fri Apr 9, 2010
Maria Morton answered:
Ryan Shaughnessy is a Realtor and Attorney in St. Louis who will be able to answer your question. His number is 314.397.3182 -office.
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Thu Mar 11, 2010
Alicia Clark - THE HOLT TEAM answered:

I found some rental information in the Ballwin area, but will need your email address to send it to you. If you don't want to post that on here, email me the address.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Alicia Clark
Keller Williams Realty, Southwest
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Tue Sep 15, 2009
Chris & Lisa Grus answered:
Consult a real estate attorney in Deleware. In some cases it could be based upon the lease.
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Sat Sep 19, 2009
Chris Mabry SRS,e-PRO answered:
Your landlord should have no problem releasing you from your lease if you are active duty military being relocated. Show them your orders and you should be good to go.
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