Kansas Landlord Retaliation Laws

Kansas Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: April 28, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t
  • Complaints to Landlord re: Statutory Repairs
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Eviction
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Kansas?

It’s illegal for Kansas landlords to retaliate with raised rent, reduced services, or threatened eviction against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the government about health and safety issues on the property.
  • Asking the landlord to do repairs required by statutory law.
  • Participating in tenant organizations.

The law allows an exception when the landlord can prove a non-retaliatory, good-faith reason for the alleged retaliatory action. For example, a landlord who raises rent proportionately in response to a large increase in property tax is not retaliating, even if a tenant has recently complained about maintenance.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Kansas?

Kansas tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing for quiet enjoyment of the property, and can recover possession of the property or cancel the rental agreement, plus recovering punitive damages.