Expedited Eviciton Proceedings in Missouri
Missouri law allows landlords or, in some instances, a prosecuting attorney to file for expedited eviction proceedings if any of the following situations exist:
Emergency SituationsMissouri courts will grant an immediate eviction when the dispossession of the tenant through other lengthier legal means would, because of the passage of time, imminently cause with reasonable certainty either (a) physical injury to the landlord or other tenants; or (b) physical damage to the landlord's property and the reasonable cost to repair such damage exceeds an amount equal to twelve months of rent.
It is important to note that Missouri courts will not provide relief in this situation unless the landlord first makes a reasonable attempt to abate the emergency situation through public law enforcement authorities or local mental health services personnel if appropriate.
Drug-Related Criminal ActivityMissouri courts will also grant an immediate eviction when drug-related criminal activity has occurred on or within the property leased to the tenant. This includes any instance where the property was leased to the tenant and used in a way to further, promote, aid, or assist in drug-related criminal activity. This also includes drug-related activity by the tenant, a member of the tenant's household, or a guest of the tenant that has engaged in said criminal activity.
Unwelcomed PersonsFinally, Missouri courts will grant an immediate eviction when the tenant has given permission to or allowed a person to enter the leased property, and the tenant did so knowing that the person had been removed or barred from the leased property.