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COVID-19 Information for Missouri

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Reopening Order

Missouri is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Under Phase 2, all businesses may resume normal operation per local regulations. The state will no longer issue public health orders. 

Face Mask Mandate

Missouri has not mandated the wearing of face masks.

State of Emergency

Governor Mike Parsons declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020.

Eviction

No statewide eviction moratorium for Missouri. 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On April 30, 2020, Gov. Parson highlighted housing assistance and resources for Missourians amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Missouri will receive funding for additional resources to help meet emerging needs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. 

Existing emergency CDBG regulations allow for grant payments to providers of items and services such as food, clothing, housing, or utilities on behalf of an individual or family. With this funding under the CARES Act, 15 of Missouri’s largest cities and counties, including the St. Louis and Kansas City metro regions, will receive over $24 million dollars in assistance.  

Missouri also expects to receive approximately $9.4 million for the ESG program, which will be administered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission. 

These funds can be used to help unsheltered homeless, sheltered homeless, or those at risk of homelessness. They can also be used for eviction prevention assistance, including rapid rehousing, housing counseling, and rental deposit assistance.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Missouri Code § 441.043.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Missouri Code § 60.8.030, it is unlawful to charge within an area of disaster or community after a declaration of emergency, an excessive price for any necessity. However, the language is broad and does not specify what constitutes a “necessity”.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Boone County

Reopening Order

Per KMIZ 17: Boone County's top health official on Thursday, April 30, 2020 signed a reopening order that will be in effect indefinitely as Mid-Missouri continues to grapple with COVID-19. The order is stricter than a statewide order that took effect on May 4, 2020 in part because occupancy limits are extended to more businesses.

Cass County

Reopening Orders

Cass County will abide by the governor's reopening guidelines that will go into effect Monday, May 4, 2020.

Clay County

Reopening Order

Per KSHB 41: Clay County joined many other— but not all — Missouri counties in beginning the economic-reopening process on May 4, 2020. However, the county announced some additional restrictions beyond those set forth by the state.

Clay County issued Public Health Orders 05272020 and 05312020, which went into effect on June 1 and expired on June 15, 2020. Under these orders the county extended the Clay County Recovery Plan contained in Order 04292020, a phased approach to reopening; businesses engaged in retail sales, must limit the number of people in an establishment.

Face Mask Mandate

Effective July 19, 2020, Clay County will make face masks required in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This order remained in effect until August 23, 2020. 

Cole County

Reopening Order

Per the News Tribune: Cole County's Shelter-In-Place order was allowed to expire on May 2, 2020 and some non-essential businesses such as clothing and home decor retailers were able to reopen while still only allowing 10 people at a time inside the business and maintain the 6 feet of social distancing between people. Cole County will abide by the governor's reopening guidelines that went into effect May 4, 2020.

Columbia City

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Columbia City will provide $220,000 toward housing assistance that will be provided through the Columbia Housing Authority.

St. Louis

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

St. Louis Mayor Krewson announced a new emergency housing assistance program residents needing rental and mortgage assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Krewson’s office, $5.4 million in federal CARES Act funds are being made available through a new program called St. Louis City CARES.

Assistance is limited to $3,500 per household. Both tenants and homeowners in the City of St. Louis are eligible. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19. Examples include lost wages due to lay off/furlough, delayed unemployment payments, doctor’s note demanding quarantine, medical hospitalization records, or other unique circumstances approved by DHS.

Forms of assistance that are available include rental arrears, rent payments, and mortgage payments under the following criteria:

  • Rental arrears must be in the months of March-November of 2020. Up to three months of rental arrears can be paid per household.
  • Rent payments must be for the months of July-December 2020. Up to three months of rent payments can be paid per household.
  • Payments of past/current mortgage payments are allowed when there is no impending foreclosure proceedings or filings.

To apply for program, visit the St. Louis City CARES website here to learn more and begin the application process. If you do not have access to the Internet, call 314-657-1650 to receive an application.