Bill would speed up court process in landlord-tenant disputes

4 years 7 months 6 days ago Wednesday, February 11 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:16:00 AM CST February 11, 2015 in News
By: Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 News
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers heard a bill Wednesday afternoon that would authorize courts to establish a docket for cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, essentially removing these types of cases from the general courts to be reviewed in a separate docket. Some renters in Missouri are concerned the bill would give them limited time to prepare for court.

"I can see some benefit in speeding up the process," Rani Abston said. "But it's unfair to limit the amount of time renters have to prepare for court."

According to the legislation, if established, "the docket must hear cases involving a written or oral lease, and the court must have the authority to evict a tenant and to enter a money judgement". One of the bills sponsors says the bill helps rid the judicial system of the large number of cases involving landlord-tenant disputes.

"The bill saves both parties time," Rep. Becky Ruth said. "Courts would be able to hear more of these types of case on a regular basis."

A measure in the bill states, "the court shall not hear any cases involving a person living in property owned by that landlord if the person has not entered into a lease with the landlord". Also, the court, "shall not order a landlord to make any repairs to the property". However, lawmakers say they'll likely be making changes to these two measures in the bill before the house votes on the bill.

Since the landlord-tenant bill or HB 608 was first introduced last month, it's had a first and second reading before the house. Wednesday's hearing before the house committee on Civil and Criminal Proceedings was it's first committee hearing.

Ruth said a vote on the bill could happen anywhere from in the next couple weeks to the next couple months.

If passed, the bill's proposed date would go into effect could be as early as August.

Lawmakers said they're going to continue and make changes to the wording in the bill before the house votes on the changes.

(Editor's note: This story has been edited for clarification. The bill would not establish an electronic docket. The circuit courts may be able to establish a docket, under the bill.)

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Missouri to allow a ban on abortions after... More >>
16 minutes ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:21:22 AM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in... More >>
22 minutes ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:15:51 AM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
IBERIA - Police are investigating a threat of mass violence made by a student in Iberia R-V School District. ... More >>
45 minutes ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:53:00 AM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - An Illinois man drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks Wednesday afternoon after falling into the water.... More >>
58 minutes ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:40:00 AM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
Global warming has often been used interchangeably with climate change. Well, they shouldn’t be, because they do not describe the... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:50:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in Climate
COLUMBIA - Longtime MU professor and musicologist Dr. Michael Budds wiped tears from his eyes as MU alumna Symonne... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:29:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
BELLE - After the bodies of 4-year-old Bentlee Turner and 37-year-old Jason Burton were found on Monday night, the community... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:42:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Flu shots are now available from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHHS). ... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is implementing new rules at all middle school and high school home sporting events. ... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:16:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police confirm one person is dead after officers responded to an armed burglary call Wednesday afternoon. ... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 5:35:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Improvements to the Dix Road bridge over U.S. Route 50 have now been slated to begin Wednesday,... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the names of the child and adult found dead in Gasconade... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:39:05 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking for information related to a robbery early Wednesday. It happened at the Midwest Petroleum... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:33:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia officials are fighting back against the trend of vaping among teenagers. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a pair of suspects in a... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:02:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with rape charges. Jason Boley, 40,... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:59:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Some new artwork is continuing to pop up and gain interest on the MU campus. So far,... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:30:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - A man with four active warrants was arrested Monday night. According to a press release from the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:17:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
11am 83°
12pm 85°
1pm 87°
2pm 89°