Missouri Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
Rental application forms typically require a rental application fee. In Missouri, there is no maximum amount for this fee. However, fees that are unreasonably expensive will discourage most tenants, so it is in the landlords’ best interest to keep the fee within an affordable range. All prospective tenants must be charged the same amount.
If the landlord is hiring a third party for the background check, the rental application fee is meant to cover its cost. In cases where the landlord will perform the check, the application fee is considered an administrative cost.
Landlords can charge a maximum security deposit equivalent to two months’ rent. The security deposit is refundable and should be returned to the tenant within 30 days after the tenancy ends.
The landlord may keep part of the deposit or its entirety if there is damage to the residential property. However, they should give the tenant an itemized list of deductions if they will not be returning the entire amount.
It is the tenant’s right to be present during the landlord’s move-out inspection when deductions to the security deposits are decided. So, the landlord should give the tenant appropriate notice of the inspection schedule (MO Rev Stat § 535.300 (2021)).