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AG Hawley announces investigation into St. Louis Housing Authority



Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his Office is launching an investigation into the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody housing complex in St. Louis. The Attorney General’s Office has issued a civil investigative demand—a civil subpoena—to the St. Louis Housing Authority to determine whether conditions at the Clinton-Peabody housing complex violate the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) by creating an uninhabitable living environment.

Missouri law requires that residential rental property be safe and appropriate for habitation.  A landlord’s failure to comply with that requirement can constitute an unfair trade practice that violates the MMPA.  Recent reports and complaints by residents demonstrate there is a significant problem with rodent infestation in the Clinton-Peabody housing complex.

“My Office is standing up for residents of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex who don’t have the power to do this for themselves,” Hawley said. “If these allegations are true, this must be fixed. No Missourian should have to live in an uninhabitable environment.”