A Kansas Rental Application allows landlords to collect relevant information about potential tenants and select reliable renters for a property.
A thorough screening process can help you assess prospective tenants’ ability to fulfill their legal obligations before entering a lease agreement. Understanding the state’s specific laws guarantees a legitimate and fair renting process.
Application fees help landlords cover the cost of selecting quality tenants. No Kansas statute limits the amount an applicant must pay. It is up to the landlord to designate the fees within a reasonable amount.
At the end of a lease term, Kansas law also requires you to provide a written notice to the tenant of any damages beyond normal wear and tear that you intend to deduct from their security deposit.
You then have 14 days to return the remaining deposit. After 30 days, a tenant may be able to recover the deposit and additional damages.
Landlords can charge an additional deposit for pets up to one and a half months’ rent, but the total deposit cannot exceed two months’ rent. Applicants cannot face additional charges or be denied residence due to using a service animal.
Landlords have additional options for evaluating tenants and ensuring their rental applications comply with state and federal laws:
- Fair Housing Laws – Like federal law, the Kansas Act Against Discrimination prohibits landlords from denying a rental application based on race, religion, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry, familial status, or color.
- Sex Offender Registry – State law does not restrict where registered sex offenders can live. Using the Sex Offender Registry to research an applicant’s status can prevent safety risks and contribute to determining their suitability to rent.
How To Conduct an Eviction Record Search
A potential tenant’s history of evictions may help you determine if they are a good fit for your property. Some paid services compile this information, but you may also access the Kansas District Court Public Access Portal online.
Carefully reviewing each applicant’s history helps avoid tenants likely to be non-compliant under the eviction statute (§ 58-2564)