Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Kansas

Find out key laws every Kansas landlord and tenant needs to know.


Both landlords and tenants should be able to deal with many legal questions and problems without a lawyer, once they understand the basics of state law. This overview of key landlord-tenant laws in Kansas will get you started.

Required Landlord Disclosures in Kansas

Under Kansas law, landlords must disclose specific information to tenants (usually in the lease or rental agreement), such as the identity of anyone authorized to act on the landlord’s behalf. For a full list, see  Kansas Required Landlord Disclosures.

Kansas Security Deposit Limit and Return

Kansas state law limits how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit (one month’s rent if the residence is unfurnished and one and one-half months if it’s furnished; additional deposit can be added for pets), when it must be returned (within 30 days after a tenant moves), and sets other restrictions on deposits. See  Kansas Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines  for more on the subject.

Small Claims Lawsuits in Kansas

Tenants can sue landlords in small claims court for the return of their deposit, up to a dollar amount of $4,000. See  Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit in Kansas Small Claims Court  for advice for tenants filing suit. Landlords defending a security deposit lawsuit should check out  Kansas Landlord’s Guide to Security Deposit Disputes in Small Claims Court.

Kansas Rent Rules

State law regulates several rent-related issues, including how much time a tenant has to pay overdue rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction (ten days for tenancies over three months or three days for tenancies less than three months in Kansas). For details, see  Kansas Termination for Nonpayment of Rent and Other Rent Rules.

Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent in Kansas

Tenants may withhold rent if a landlord fails to take care of important repairs, such as a broken heater. For specifics, see  Kansas Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent.

Kansas Termination and Eviction Rules

State laws specify when and how a landlord may terminate a tenancy. For example, a landlord may give a Kansas tenant who has repeated the same violation of the lease (after the first violation was corrected) an unconditional quit notice that gives the tenant 30 days to move out before the landlord can file for eviction. See  State Laws on Unconditional Quit Terminations  and  State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease  for details on these types of termination notices in Kansas.

Landlord Access to Rental Property, Tenant Protection Against Retaliation, and Other State Laws in Kansas

Several other landlord-tenant laws in Kansas affect both property owners and renters, including:

Where to Find Kansas Landlord-Tenant Statutes

If you want to read the text of a law itself, such as state security deposit rules, you’ll find citations in many of the articles and charts included in the  State Landlord-Tenant Laws  section of the Nolo site. To access the statutes, go to the  Kansas Laws and Legal Information  section of the Nolo site and find the link to your state laws.

If you just want to browse through the Kansas landlord-tenant law, you can find state statutes at Kan. Stat. Ann. § § 58-2501 to 58-2573. You can search the table of contents for the landlord-tenant statutes. Or, if you don’t know the exact statute number, you can enter a keyword that is likely to be in it, such as “nonpayment of rent.”

In addition to accessing state laws via Nolo’s website, Kansas statutes are available in many public libraries and in most law libraries that are open to the public (typically found in a county courthouse or at the state capitol or in a publicly-funded law school).

Local Ordinances Affecting Kansas Landlords and Tenants

Cities and counties often pass local ordinances, such as health and safety standards, noise and nuisance regulations, and antidiscrimination rules that affect landlords and tenants. Many municipalities have websites —just search for the name of a particular city in Kansas and then do a search when you’re on the site. For example, if you search for the noise ordinance in the City of Overland Park website, you’ll easily find a summary of  Overland Park’s Noise Ordinance.

State and Local Government on the Net  and  Municode  are good sources for finding local governments online. Also, your local public library or office of the city attorney, mayor, or city or county manager can provide information on local ordinances that affect landlords and tenants in Kansas.

Federal Landlord-Tenant Laws and Regulations

While most landlords and tenants will primarily be concerned with state law in Kansas, several federal laws come into play. Congress has enacted laws, and federal agencies, such as  the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  and the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have adopted regulations, covering  discrimination  and landlord responsibilities to disclose environmental health hazards, such as  lead-based paint.

The U.S. Code is the starting place for most federal statutory research. It consists of 50 separate numbered titles, each covering a specific subject matter. Most federal regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”), also organized by subject into 50 separate titles.

To access the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations online, see  Nolo’s Federal Law Resources  page. Also, the  Cornell Legal Information Institute  provides the entire U.S. Code as well as the Code of Federal Regulations. Finally, check  USA.gov, the official U.S. website for government information.

Nolo Resources on Legal Research and Landlord-Tenant Law

Nolo’s Laws and Legal Research  page includes links to state and federal laws, explains how to research and understand statutes, and provides advice on finding local ordinances and court cases, including Supreme Court cases. To go further, check out  Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law,  by Stephen Elias and the Editors of Nolo (Nolo). This nontechnical book gives easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions on how to find legal information.

You’ll also find a wealth of information in the  Landlords  and  Renters’ Rights  sections of the Nolo website and Nolo books, such as  Every Landlord’s Legal Guide  and  Every Tenant’s Legal Guide.

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