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Kansas Rental Laws – An Overview of Landlord-Tenant Rights

Kansas landlords and tenants have certain rights and responsibilities under the statewide Residential Landlord & Tenant Act.

Some of the rights you have as a landlord include the right to inspect the unit, to collect rent, and to get reimbursement for costs of negligent damage a tenant causes.

Your tenants have rights, too. For example, the right to live in a habitable dwelling and the right to due process before evictions. And in Kansas, a tenant gains such rights if there is a written or a verbal lease or the landlord accepts regular rent.

The following is a basic overview of the Kansas landlord-tenant act.

Required Landlord Disclosures in Kansas

The Kansas Residential Landlord-Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose certain information to their tenants. In Kansas, you must let your tenants know of the following before they move in:

  • Lead-based Paint. Was the rental home built before 1978? If so, then you must disclose that information to your tenant as the house is more likely to contain lead-based paints. Lead-based paint was banned from inclusion in household paints due to the serious health risks it’s associated with.
  • Authorized Agents. Kansas landlords are required to provide the names and addresses of all parties that are involved in the managing or renting of the property.

Kansas landlord-tenant laws

Tenant Rights & Responsibilities in Kansas

Tenants in Kansas have rights that landlords must respect at all times. They have the right to:

  • Live in privacy and without unnecessary disturbance.
  • Have requested repairs done within a reasonable period of time.
  • Live in a habitable rental property that abides by the state safety, health, and building codes.
  • Be notified prior to the landlord or their agents entering their rented premises.
  • Be notified when changes are made to their lease or rental agreement.
  • A proper eviction procedure during eviction proceedings.
  • Exercise any of their rights when their landlord fails in their responsibilities. For example, withholding rent if a landlord fails to take care of important repairs.

As for responsibilities, tenants are obligated to:

  • Follow all terms of the lease agreement. Including, adhering to all policies such as pet and subletting policies (if any).
  • Notify their landlords when looking to move out.
  • Notify their landlords when maintenance issues appear.
  • Take care of the property.
  • Keep noise levels within a reasonable range.

Kansas Landlords Rights & Responsibilities

Landlords in Kansas have a right to:

  • Be notified when maintenance issues occur.
  • Be notified when a tenant is looking to move out of their rented unit.
  • Make changes to the lease agreement as long as they let their tenants know about it beforehand.
  • Enter rented premises in certain circumstances, such as inspecting the unit for damage.
  • Require their tenants to abide by certain rental policies.

landlord responsibilities in Kansas

As for responsibilities, Kansas landlords are responsible for:

  • Following the state’s eviction procedures when evicting a tenant for violation of the lease agreement.
  • Abiding by all terms of the lease agreement.
  • Treating their tenants with respect, fairness, and equality.
  • Giving their renters adequate notice prior to entering their rented units.
  • Making requested repairs within a reasonable period of time.
  • Complying with the state’s health, safety, and building codes.
  • Ensuring tenants enjoy the property in peace and quiet.

A Basic Overview of the Landlord-Tenant Laws

Landlord’s Right to Entry

In Kansas, you must provide your tenant with a ‘reasonable notice’ prior to entering the rental unit. 24 hours is considered reasonable. You must also have a good reason to want to enter the rental unit.

Some common reasons for landlord entry include:

  • To inspect the unit.
  • To show the unit to prospective tenants, lenders, or buyers.
  • Under court orders.
  • In case the tenant abandons the unit.
  • In case of an emergency.

Housing Discrimination

As a landlord, you have a responsibility to treat your tenants equally and fairly regardless of their protected class. In Kansas, protected characteristics include:

  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Familial status
  • National origin

The following are statements that a prospective tenant, for example, may take to be discriminatory:

  • “Unit is Ideal for a Mature Couple.”
  • “Unit is Suitable for a Young Male.”
  • “Ideal for a Christian Family.”

Rent Increases & Related Fees

The Kansas Residential Landlord-Tenant Act doesn’t allow for rent control at either state or local level. This means that landlords are free to charge the rent prices whenever they want to. That being said, most landlords do understand the need to charge reasonable rents.

written notice for increased rent

Should you need to raise the rent, then you must provide your tenant with a written notice at least 30 days prior.

As for late fees, you are free to charge whatever amount you feel like. The only requirement here is to make sure that the late fee penalty is mentioned in the lease agreement.

Lease Termination in Kansas

Tenants operating a rental or lease agreement must provide their landlords with notice prior to moving out.

Tenants on a week-to-week agreement must provide a 7 days’ notice. Tenants on a month-to-month agreement must provide a 30 days’ notice. Those operating a yearly lease must provide their landlords with a notice of at least 30 days.

Kansas law also permits tenants to terminate their lease legally under certain circumstances. Such as, if the unit becomes uninhabitable, the landlord harasses them, or they join active military service.

Summary

If you’re a landlord in Kansas you need to follow the landlord-tenant laws and other rental laws such as security deposit laws, the Fair Housing Act, leasing regulations, squatter’s rights, eviction notice rules, and more.

You would like help with this or any other aspect of property management reach out to the experts at SCUDO Real Estate & Property Management today!

Disclaimer: This blog shouldn’t be used as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney. Laws change frequently, and this post may not be updated at the time you read it. Please get in touch with us for any questions you may have regarding the content herein.

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