advertisement

Legislation would punish Missouri's evicted tenants who won't leave

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 9:14 a.m. CST; updated 9:23 a.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri state senator wants to make it a crime for people to remain in rented homes or apartments if a court has told them to get out because they haven't paid rent.

Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, has introduced legislation making it a misdemeanor to fail to leave rental property within 10 days of a court judgment. Violators could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Engler said the current system allows people to stay in homes and apartments long after they stop paying rent. He said they're basically stealing from property owners if they occupy a place for which they have not paid.

 


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements