Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 836 & 753 into law to protect Missouri families from sudden foreclosures during these difficult economic times.
Under the new law, tenants of a residential property must be given written notice when the property has been foreclosed. If the new owner plans to seek possession of the property, the current tenants must be given at least 10 days from the date of notice to vacate the premises.
Previously, notice of foreclosure was only given to the owner of a residential property and often was not passed on to tenants legally residing at the property. This caused many families to be evicted without notice, and in some instances, without alternative housing arranged.
"During these difficult economic times, more and more homes and properties are being foreclosed every day," Gov. Nixon said. "This bill will help to ensure vital protections for those who rent their homes. The impact that a sudden foreclosure can have on a family is devastating and cannot be ignored. This bill will make a real difference for Missouri families."
The bill received overwhelming, bipartisan support in both the Missouri House of Representatives and the Senate. In each chamber, the bill passed unanimously.
The Governor delivered remarks and signed the bill during a luncheon at the annual conference of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus in Kansas City.
In addition to HB 836, Gov. Nixon today signed, without ceremony, the following bills into law:
Friday, July 10, 2009
- Fire Safety Standard and Firefighter Protection Act
- Management of Trusts and Funds
- Long-Term Care Facilities
- Courts and Judicial Proceedings
- Sheriff Qualifications
- State Purchasing
- Retention of Building Code Copies
- Complaints Against Certain Professionals
- Memorial Highway
- Restricts Corporate Name Reservations
- Omnibus Professional Registration Bill
- Crime Victims Compensation Fund
- Geographic Names and Capitol Commission