Landlord/Tenant Information

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Landlord Registration Program
As part of the City of Jefferson Landlord Registration Program, all owners or landlords of residential rental units are required to register the properties with the City of Jefferson Planning and Protective Services Department. There is no fee to register as a landlord.  Applications are to be completed prior to renting or leasing a residential property.

Completing the Landlord Registration
The property owner or a designated property management company can complete the registration form. An individual who owns multiple rental properties may register all properties together. A property management company who represents multiple owners must complete a registration form for each owner.

Tenant & Landlord Responsibilities
The responsibilities that go along with being a landlord and a tenant are governed not only by the State, but also by local ordinances. The Missouri Attorney General's Office publishes a handbook titled "Missouri's Landlord-Tenant Law".

Landlord-tenant disputes are a common occurrence in the renting process. Some of these disputes may be avoided if landlords and tenants were aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Tenants should:

1.  Pay rent on time. 
2. Use reasonable care and not damage property. 
3.  Properly dispose of garbage. 
4.  Refrain from taking on additional occupants or subleasing without the landlord's written permission. 


Landlords should:

1.  Make property habitable before tenants move in. 
2.  Make and pay for repairs due to ordinary wear and tear. 
3.  Refrain from turning off a tenant's water, electricity or gas 
4.  Provide written notice to tenants when ownership of the property is transferred to a new landlord. 
5. Not lawfully discriminate. 


More Information

Visit our Fair Housing page for additional information.