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Rental Properties Registration

Starting January 2007, landlords of rental properties in Kansas City will have to register their rental properties with the City thanks to the new program that the Kansas City Council approved in October 2007. The goal of requiring landlords to register thier rental properties is to revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate blighting conditions. Absent landlords or owners and deteriorating rental property conditions have been the problem commonly found in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City ’s rental housing administrator estimates that there are about 80,000 Kansas City rental units with about 10,000 - 12,000 owners. The registration requirement will allow the rental housing administration to gather a better and more accurate number.

When must Kansas City landlords register rental properties?

Between January 1 and January 31, all landlords with rental properties in Kansas City must register the rental properties with the City.

What are the exceptions of Kansas City rental property registration?

Landlords who live in one unit of a duplex or who have a direct family member, such as a parent or a sibling, occupying the rental property are exempt from registering the rental homes with the City.

What are the penalties for not registering rental properties with the City?

There will be penalties for landlords of rental properties in Kansas City who fail to register their rental homes with the City and there may be possible inspections of the rental properties, something landlords dread. The penalty is $50 fine which increases each month that the landlord fails to file the registration form with the City.

Is there a fee to file the application for rental property registration?

No, there is no fee and you can find the application for the rental property registration at the city's Neighborhood Preservation Division. Along with the application for rental property registration, the landlord must provide:

  • name
  • mailing address
  • phone numbers
  • name of the property, address and number of units
  • names and addresses of corporate officers or managing partners (for corporations)

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