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Landlord Responsibilities Comes Down to the Contract

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With thousands of rental properties and older homes in Springfield, many rental properties are below living standards. According to the Springfield Field Guide 2030, a large number of rental homes are below living standards but determining what that may be is tough.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With thousands of rental properties and older homes in Springfield, many rental properties are below living standards.

According to the Springfield Field Guide 2030, a large number of rental homes are below living standards but determining what that may be is tough.

KOLR10 found out on our Facebook page that many people fall victim of poor housing every day.

So what are landlords responsible for and what you need to do if you are falling victim to poor rental property standards?

Chris Straw says when it comes to rental property the most important thing comes to the papers you sign before ever moving in, the lease agreement.

Straw, the director of Springfield Building Development Services, says understanding your rental agreement is the key.

He says his code enforcers receive calls from tenants daily with complaints about landlords, but says it's tough to correct those complaints because of different writing in contracts.

He says there is four main things landlords must offer.

"I have to have a functioning bathroom, I have to have a minimum amount of heat and by minimum amount I mean permanent heat. The plug in space heaters is not consider a permanent source of heat."

He adds the landlord must provide a working hot water heater and a roof that does not leak. 

Straw says if you do have issues within your rental property, the best thing to do is contact his office. You should always be sure to keep copies of letters, complaints and contracts.


(On January 20, 2014, KOLR10 News broadcast a story on landlord responsibilities.   The story reported information from the "Springfield Field Guide 2030" that had determined a large number of rental homes in the area are classified as "below living standards."  The story gave viewers information about what landlords must offer as a part of every rental agreement.In the two times the story aired, we used video of a rental house managed by Sunrise Management and a sign showing the Sunrise logo.  This was intended solely to show a rental house for rent and in no way did we mean to imply that Sunrise Management was renting substandard housing. We apologize to Sunrise Management for the use of the video for this story. )

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