Local and Kansas Laws
- Lawrence: Long-term residential rental property code
- Chapter 6, Article 13 of the city code covers basically all of the local law regarding owning rental property. While this code is mostly directed at landlords, it does contain valuable info for renters, too. One section to look out for includes 6-1314 Violations that lists all the things a city code inspector will look for.
- Lawrence: Short-term residential rental property code
- Ordinance 9650 amends the residential rental property code to include short-term rentals, like running an AirBnb. This was a fairly contested change to the law in 2018, as many people in Lawrence are rightly concerned about the city's already-troubled rental situation and the disruptions to neighborhoods and the liveability of Lawrence that allowing short-term rentals can cause.
- Kansas: Prohibiting rent control
- Kansas Statute Chapter 12, Article 16, Section 120 explicitly prohibits any political subdivision of the state, including cities, from establishing rent controls. This means that Lawrence can't pass any regulations directly or indirectly that would mandate rent control, nor can the city put conditions on building permits to control rents. The most that they can do is provide "incentives" to this effect. The result is landlords can charge however much they want for rent.
- Kansas: Landlords and tenants
- Chapter 58, Article 25 of the Kansas Statute covers almost all the relevant legislation regarding
the landlord-tenant relationship in the state. There are over 100 sections of this law, so we've highlighted a few of
them below. It might be worth it to look through all the sections at the link above if you're looking for something
specific that we haven't covered here.
- 58-2550 Security deposits. Landlords can only deduct from your security deposit for a very specific set of damages, plus anything else in the lease. They have to provide you with an itemized list. See our page on security deposits for more info.
- 58-2553 Duties of landlord. The full list of what your landlord is legally required to provide.
- 58-2555 Duties of tenant. A very short list of your legal obligations as a tenant.
- 58-2556 Rules and regulations of landlord. This law limits landlords' ability to impose unreasonable rules and regulations on tenants. Any rule a landlord tries to impose after you've already signed the lease is unenforceable unless you agree to it in writing.
- 58-2559 Material noncompliance by landlord. If your landlord is negligent to the point where your living space is unhealthy or unsafe, you have the right to terminate your lease. These are the rules and stipulations about how to do that.
- 58-2563 Unlawful removal or exclusion of tenant. This outlines your rights if your landlord tries to unlawfully evict you or diminish services, like turning off the water.
- 58-2572 Certain retaliatory actions by landlord prohibited. If you bring a complaint against your landlord to a government agency, complain to your landlord for a violation listed in 58-2553, or join a tenants union, your landlord can't raise your rent, diminish services, or try to evict you. There are a couple exceptions though.