State Rep. Jim Neely speaks on the Missouri House floor on April 23, 2018 (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

A new Missouri law that took effect Wednesday is intended to prevent victims or potential victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking from being denied a rental for being a victim. The law expands to protect them from eviction or if they must break their lease agreement for being a victim. House bill 243, sponsored by Cameron Republican Rep. Jim Neely, also states that anyone who provides appropriate documentation cannot be charged back rent.

The measure provides a list of paperwork the landlord must accept as proof that the tenant was or was going to be a victim.

It also allows a landlord to charge a termination fee on such a tenant who wants to end a lease early.

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