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Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/just bought home and a tenant is there


we just bought a home and the previous owner has a renter living there. The renter is in non-payment of rent and previous owner posted a 30 day demand to vacate the property. when we take possession of the property how do we get the renter out if they are still there. we are in raytown, Missouri (Jackson county). Do we have to evict said renter?

Hi Angie,

If the tenant is not paying the contractual rental amount, you may be able to evict them through the court process. The court process generally starts by serving the tenant with a termination notice, followed by the court unlawful detainer process. You may want to read Missouri landlord/tenant law here:

You may also want to read my landlord/tenant blog. The blog is specific to California, but a lot of the same rules and principles may apply:

Thanks for your question!

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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