The City of Kirksville does not have a rental inspection program for rental housing. Complaints from renters or landlords are handled with inspections or by a phone call to a responsible party. Communication problems between a landlord and a renter, and what each expects of the other, can cause hardship for both parties. Enforcement of the International Building Codes may sometimes require a landlord to repair things that are in dispute.
Both landlords and tenants have rights under Missouri law. The Missouri Attorney General's office publishes a booklet that all renters and landlords should be familiar with called “Missouri’s Landlord-Tenant Law." It is a 20-page booklet on the Rights and Responsibilities of landlords and tenants.
The Codes Department also has a form called “The Smart Renter’s Checklist” that may be of value to a prospective tenant that wants to “check out” an apartment or house. This form provides information on what to look for and what is required by Code.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like a hard copy of the above documents, please contact the Codes & Planning Department, 201 S. Franklin, 2nd Floor City Hall, Kirksville, MO or call 660.627.1272.