The Kansas rental agreements are contracts between a landlord and a tenant. These documents define the terms under which the property is used, including the price of rent and more. All agreements are governed by the Kansas landlord-tenant laws, and cannot supersede state laws.
Kansas Rental Agreement Types
Kansas Required Lease Disclosures
- Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – Every Kansas lease must disclose the contact information for the owner and/or agent(s) authorized to act on the rental unit’s behalf for the purpose of serving legal notices.
- Move-in Checklist (required for all) – A Kansas landlord must provide a move-in checklist to the possessing tenant within 5 days of move-in where both parties agree to existing damages the tenant can waive liability for, with each party receiving a copy of the checklist to be used at move-out for security deposit deductions.
- Lead Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – If built before 1978, a Kansas rental agreement must include a lead based paint disclosure, EPA-approved informational pamphlet, and notice of existing hazards so that tenants may weigh the risks of tenancy.
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Kansas Landlord Tenant Laws
- Warranty of Habitability – A Kansas landlord is responsible for providing their tenants with adequate plumbing, electrical outlets, heating, air-conditioning, and more. They are also responsible for making repairs to these amenities, though state law does not specify how quickly. Even so, Kansas tenants are not specifically allowed to retaliate against a landlord that fails to provide these repairs.
- Evictions – A Kansas tenant may be legally evicted immediately if they commit an illegal act. In the same vein, if a tenant violates a lease term, they may be asked to move out within 30 days’ time. Also, failing to pay rent is grounds for evictions after receiving a 3-day or 10-day notice (for tenants of less than or more than 3 months, respectively). In all, an eviction in Kansas could take less than a week or more than a month.
- Security Deposits – Kansas limits security deposit values to 1 month or 1 ½ months’ value for unfurnished and furnish apartments, respectively. These must be returned to their tenant within 14 days of their lease ending.
- Lease Termination – A Kansas tenant may terminate their month-to-month lease by providing 30 days of notice. A fixed-term tenant may also do the same by providing proof of unit uninhabitability, landlord harassment, or active military duty.
- Rent Increases & Fees – Kansas landlords can charge as much as they desire for rent. They can also raise rent whenever they want, without justification, so long as they provide 30 days of advance notice. As for fees, Kansas does not limit their value, except in the case of bounced check fees. These are limited to $30 per check.
- Landlord Entry – Kansas landlords only need to give tenants a “reasonable” amount of notice to enter their unit at a “reasonable” hour. As such, Kansas’ entry standards are up to interpretation (except in emergency situations).
- Settling Legal Disputes – To settle a claim of $4,000 or less (except evictions), Kansas landlords and tenants can utilize the state’s small claims court. These claims must fall within the 5 and 3 year statute of limitations for written and oral contracts, respectively.
To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Kansas, click here.