A Beginner's Guide to Kansas Eviction Laws
If your landlord has threatened you with eviction, it can be overwhelming. You may be wondering if you actually violated your lease if you have been provided with enough notice, or how you can fight an unfair eviction. With DoNotPay, we will help you understand and how to navigate this process.
Overview of Kansas Eviction Laws
There are a few reasons why a landlord may legally , and times when a landlord is prohibited from pursuing eviction.
Failure to Pay Rent
When a tenant has failed to pay rent on time, the landlord may issue a 3-day notice to pay. After three days, if the rent is still unpaid, the landlord can pursue eviction.
Violating the Lease
If the tenant violates the lease, the landlord must issue a 30-day Notice to Cure or Vacate. If the tenant fails to remedy the lease violation, the landlord can then pursue formal eviction.
End of Lease or No Lease
When a tenant holds over (stays beyond the lease term), the landlord should issue a Notice to Quit. The length of time allowed depends on the type of tenancy lease:
- 7-day Notice to Quit for a week-to-week lease.
- 3-day Notice to Quit for lease less than three months.
- 30-day Notice to Quit on a yearly lease.
- 10-day Notice to Quit for a furnished rental unit.
Invalid Reasons for Eviction
A landlord is prohibited from evicting for the following reasons:
- Retaliation for a tenant reporting violations (such as failure to provide necessary repairs).
- Retaliation for a tenant joining a tenant union.
- Discriminatory reasons - such as sex, age, race, etc.
How to Avoid or Fight an Eviction in Kansas on Your Own
While it can be overwhelming and stressful to deal with the threat of eviction, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- Be aware of your legal rights and obligations. Understanding Kansas' landlord-tenant and eviction laws are important for protecting your renters' rights. If you are living peacefully and lawfully according to your lease and all applicable laws and ordinances, you should not have any issues.
- If you receive a Notice to Quit or a Notice to Vacate or Cure, read it carefully. Make sure you understand all allegations and determine if you can remedy the situation or come to an agreement with the landlord. This could mean paying the rent due, fixing the lease violation, or perhaps coming to an agreement with the landlord. (If you acquired a pet in violation of the lease, you may need to rehome the pet or pay a pet deposit and fees as required.)
- Connect with a local tenant advocacy group or tenant union. The right group can help you understand your lease terms, understand your rights under the law, recommend resources, and provide general guidance for navigating tricky situations.
- Fight the eviction. If you know your rights and believe you will win, you may decide to fight the eviction in court.
- Consult an attorney. An experienced attorney who understands Kansas landlord-tenant laws and eviction laws can help you understand your rights, provide advice, and potentially fight your case for you.
Here’s an overview of the Landlord-tenant laws that describe the rights and responsibilities both parties must follow.
|Landlord’s Responsibilities||Tenant’s Responsibilities|
|Maintaining properties in habitable condition — that is, a safe, livable home including a roof that doesn't leak, adequate heating and plumbing, and necessary locks||Notifying the landlord of needed repairs, especially ones that may cause property damage.|
|Following the Lease Agreement.||Following the Lease Agreement.|
|Make repairs in a reasonable amount of time.||Paying rent and any utilities on time.|
|Properly handling security deposits.||Abiding by the law.|
|Notifying the tenant if and when they must enter the property.||Give your landlord proper notice if you plan to move out.|
|Treating tenants equally, in compliance with federal, state, and local Fair Housing regulations.||Paying rent and any utilities on time.|
DoNotPay Protects Your Rights Under Kansas Law
Trying to protect your rights or fighting your landlord alone can be stressful and confusing. Hiring an attorney can end up being costly. DoNotPay has a solution to save you time, stress, and money while protecting your renters' rights.
If you want to fight an eviction in Kansas but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.
Find More Answers to Your Rental Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions that DoNotPay can help you with:
- Where can I file a complaint against my landlord?
- How do you get a security deposit back from a landlord?
- How long does a landlord have to return my deposit?
- Can I sue my landlord for my deposit?
- Can you kick out your roommate?
- How do I write a letter to formally request repairs?
- Can my landlord evict me without notice?
How Else Can DoNotPay Help You Today?
In addition to protecting your renters' rights, DoNotPay can successfully help you with:
- Section 8 Housing
- Document Notarization
- Negotiating Bills
- Suing in Small Claims Court
- Standardized Legal Documents
- Finding and Claiming Missing Money
- Understanding the Freedom of Information Act
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