Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 427
Creditor Protection
Section 427.031

August 28, 2014


Certain persons deemed not owner of property--liability arising from contamination or pollution.

427.031. 1. No person or entity shall be deemed to be an owner or operator of real or personal property, or a person having control over hazardous substances who, without participating in the management of such real or personal property, holds indicia of ownership primarily to protect a security or lienhold interest in the subject real or personal property or in the property in which such real or personal property is located.

2. No lender-owner or representative shall, by virtue of becoming the owner of real or personal property, be liable for any clean-up costs, response costs or third-party liability arising from contamination or pollution of or from said property prior to the date that title vests in the lender-owner or representative including contamination or pollution which continues thereafter without the lender-owner knowingly or recklessly causing such contamination.

3. No lender-owner or representative shall, by virtue of becoming the owner of real or personal property, be liable for any clean-up costs, response cost, or third-party liability arising from contamination or pollution of or from such property during the period of ownership so long as, and to the extent that, he does not knowingly or recklessly cause new contamination or pollution or does not knowingly or recklessly allow others to cause new contamination or pollution. This subsection shall apply to the lender-owner as long as he makes reasonable efforts to resell the real or personal property. No representative shall be personally liable to any beneficiary for diminution in the value of property held in its fiduciary capacity due to compliance with environmental laws.

(L. 1991 S.B. 204)


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