Mo. Court Allows Lawsuit Against Landlord License
JEFFERSON CITY - A St. Louis association of real estate agents has won approval from the Missouri Supreme Court to proceed with a lawsuit challenging a licensing ordinance in the suburb of Ferguson.
At issue is a 2006 city ordinance creating fees and licensing requirements for landlords of residential property. The St. Louis Association of Realtors, which represents about 9,000 members in the metropolitan area, challenged the constitutionality of the ordinance.
A trial judge had dismissed the lawsuit while holding that the association lacked the legal standing to challenge the ordinance. But the state Supreme Court unanimously reversed that decision Tuesday, meaning the lawsuit now can go forward in the trial court.