Kansas Residential Lease Agreement

Last Updated: November 22, 2021 by Elizabeth Souza

The Kansas residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a written contract for the exchange of the temporary use of a residential property for regular, periodic payments (“rent”). The parties involved in the agreement are known as the landlord (“lessor”) and the tenant (“lessee”).

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Kansas Lease Agreement Disclosures

The following disclosures are either required for some or all residential lease agreements in Kansas.

Disclosure Applicable to
Landlord’s Name/Address All Units
Move-In Checklist All Units
Lead Paint All Units Built Prior to 1978

There are also a number of optional disclosures and addendums that help reduce future conflicts and/or legal liability in Kansas.

Landlord’s Name & Address

Applicable to all rental units in Kansas.

Landlords, owners, or any authorized individuals that act on the landlord’s behalf to manage the property must provide the tenant with their name and business address. Typically, this information is in the rental agreement so that future service of process, legal notices and demands that are sent by the tenant can be properly delivered. The tenant should be notified immediately if there are any changes in contact information.

Move-In Checklist

Applicable to all rental units in Kansas.

Kansas landlords are required to provide and complete a move-in checklist jointly with the tenant on or within five days of delivery of possession. The checklist does not need to be included as part of the rental agreement, but should be completed within five days of move-in to ensure accurate status and a copy is to be provided to each party.

This checklist can be used to identify existing damages to help itemize deductions from the security deposit (if applicable) upon move-out. The checklist should include any present damage or specific furnishings that are included (such as appliances or furniture) that must be returned in the same state they were upon move-in.

Download: Kansas Move-In Checklist Disclosure Form (PDF)

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Applicable to any rental units built prior to 1978.

It is a federal law in the United States that any home built prior to 1978 must disclose the risks posed by lead-based paints. This law requires landlords in Kansas to:

  • Fill out and attach this lead-based paint disclosure form to the lease agreement.
  • Provide the tenant with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved pamphlet about the dangers of lead-based paint.
  • Provide additional records or reports about the presence or hazards of any known lead-based paint in the unit. For multi-unit buildings with common areas, this includes information from building-wide evaluations.

Download: Kansas Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Form (PDF)

Optional Disclosures & Addendums (Recommended)

The following lease agreement disclosures and addendums are not required by Kansas law in residential lease agreements, but either help reduce future conflicts with tenants or reduce legal liability for landlords.

  • Late and Returned Check Fees – it is recommended that landlords disclose in the rental agreement any late fees or returned (bounced) check fees that they intend to charge. Kansas does not limit how high these fees can be, but they should be considered reasonable (often no more than 10% of rent) and reflect the actual expenses incurred by the landlord as a result of a late payment. They must also be charged only after the agreed upon due date for rent, dictated in the lease.
  • Shared Utilities Arrangements – for rental units with shared utilities, it is recommended to disclose the specifics of how they are shared, and how each party’s bill is calculated, so that tenants have a reasonable expectation of what they owe each month.
  • Bed Bug Disclosure – for rental units with a history of infestation, it is recommended to provide information on the protocol for handling a bed bug infestation. This addendum will notify the tenant of their obligation to cooperate with bed bug prevention by promptly reporting any sign of infestation to the landlord.
  • Asbestos Disclosure – for rental units built prior to 1981, asbestos was a common building material. This disclosure will notify the tenant to take certain precautions to minimize the chance of disturbing the asbestos fibers (i.e. no sanding, pounding, modifications or repairs, without the landlord’s consent). The disclosure will also notify the tenant of their obligation to immediately notify the landlord if any ceilings begin to deteriorate.
  • Mold Disclosure – it is recommended to disclose the current mold status of a property in the lease to protect against future liability of mold damages due to a tenant’s negligence during the lease term.