Cost of an Eviction in Kansas

Cost of an Eviction in Kansas

Last Updated: April 4, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The average cost of an eviction in Kansas for all filing, court, and service fees is $65. However, the cost of the eviction varies heavily on the claim amount. Eviction lawsuits shall be filed in the District Court where the dwelling unit is located.

Fee District
Initial Court Filing $35+
Summons Service $15
Writ of Restitution Service $15
Notice of Appeal (Optional) $145

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In Kansas, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Forcible Detainer”) with the court the following business day.

The filing fee to begin the Eviction lawsuit varies by the claim amount: [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’]

  • If the claim is less than $500, the filing fee is $35.
  • If the claim is $500 to $5,000, the filing fee is $55.
  • If the claim is over $5,000, the filing fee is $101.

2. Summons Service Fee

Once a Petition is filed in Kansas, the court will issue a Summons. The Summons is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a sheriff to deliver the Summons to the tenant.

A sheriff shall charge $15 [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’] for delivering a Summons.

3. Writ of Restitution Service & Execution Fee

In Kansas, if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Restitution. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises.

A sheriff must serve the Writ of Restitution to the tenant. They may charge a service fee of $15. [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’] Note, this includes the sheriff’s execution fee for the writ.

4. Notice of Appeal Filing Fee

If either party chooses to file an Appeal in Kansas, they may do so as long as the Notice of Appeal is filed within 30 calendar days of the judgment. The filing fee is $145.[ttip number=’4′ icon=’popover-balance’]