Kansas Rental Laws and Breaking Your Lease
Kansas rental laws entail renter rights before, during, and after a tenancy, including breaking a lease in Kansas. The guidelines cover moving in, housing discrimination, eviction, security deposits, damage, legal resources, and other matters.
Going up against a landlord here can be taxing. You can use negotiation, court, attorneys, and demand letters. The landlord may use whatever legal power the court allows to crush your spirits as you attempt to break your lease.
However, DoNotPay can level the playing field. We use Kansas tenants' rights and relevant laws to get what you deserve.
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities When Signing a Lease in Kansas
Kansas rental laws include rules for rent, notice of entry, repairs, and more. Upon signing a lease, tenants should, at the very least, expect conditions regarding the following:
Kansas has no max for rent or late fees. There's also no ceiling on how much to raise the rent.
Return of Security Deposits
Landlords must return the security within 30 days of a move-out. But tenants can ask for the security's return within two weeks after leaving. Landlords who don't comply may be eligible for a fine, paying up to almost twice the amount of the deposit.
Notice of Entry
Landlords cannot enter or come onto a property without advance notice.
The landlord's responsible for keeping a rental healthy and safe. Failing to do so is a breach of contract. Tenants can deliver a demand letter asking for repairs. Unlike other jurisdictions, reasonable timeframes for repairs are not specified.
When Breaking a Lease Is Justified in Kansas
In this state, tenants can legally break the lease if one of the following four conditions apply:
- There's an early termination clause in the agreement
- You're leaving for active military duty
- The dispute involves landlord harassment
- The unit is uninhabitable
Lease Termination Notice Requirements in Kansas
To properly give your landlord in Kansas notice of your intention to terminate your lease, provide the notice that matches your rent payment structure:
|Rent Payment||Notice Time||Statute|
|Week-to-week||7 days||K.S.A. 58-2570 (a)|
|Month-to-month||30 days||K.S.A. 58-2570 (b)|
|Year-to-year||30 days||K.S.A. 58-2570 (c)|
Consequences of Illegally Breaking a Lease in Kansas
Here's what might happen if you break your lease illegally:
- A judge may order you to pay damages and your landlord's legal costs.
- The court can ask you to reverse or correct any breach where possible.
- The landlord can record an eviction, despite you choosing to leave. The filing impacts credit scores and makes it hard to find good apartments.
- The court may order you to continue paying rent.
Reasons You Can't Use to Break a Lease in Kansas
Breaking a lease legally can usually have nothing to do with personal matters. For example, you can break a lease because the landlord's unfairly shut off your utilities, but not because you got a new job. You can serve notice due to a lack of repairs, but not because you want to move back in with your parents.
The reason needs to relate to the habitability of the residence, not lifestyle plans.
How to Get Out of a Kansas Lease on Your Own
Your options for breaking your lease using Kansas Rental Laws will depend on the conditions of your lease, but you can try to:
- Negotiate a termination with your landlord, saving both of you stress and expense
- Terminate the lease if there are conditions for a break clause in your lease
- Find a new tenant and reassign the lease
- If allowed, sublet the premises
- Send a notice letter to your landlord or a hardship letter if your reason does not typically fit the legal reasons to break a lease
Sample Notice Letter
Here's an example of a notice that could work for a legal reason to break your lease. Tailor or add to it as you need to:
Re: Notice of Intent to Vacate
This letter constitutes notice of my desire to vacate my apartment on [date], which is more than 30 days from now. I am doing so because [explain the reason]. I have attached the proof I need for [the legal reason].
Please recall I made a security deposit of $XXX on [date]. I expect to receive that deposit refunded in full, as the apartment is in good condition. My forwarding address is [new address].
If needed, I can help you advertise the apartment or find someone to sublet it. Let me know what I can do.
Next Steps for Breaking a Lease in Kansas if You Can't Do It Yourself
Trying to break a lease is a stressful, potentially lengthy process. You can negotiate and even take your landlord to court, but it doesn't guarantee you'll get permission to move out legally.
Having exhausted your options, you may want to try to:
- Consult with a tenants' rights attorney and explore ways to terminate a lease.
- Reach out to a housing authority association and see what programs or advisers you can discuss the matter with.
- Prepare to negotiate an agreement and perhaps come up with compensation for breaking the lease.
Break Your Kansas Lease Using DoNotPay
Here's how you can get started breaking your Kansas lease in three easy steps with DoNotPay:
- Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference, and enter the state the lease was signed in.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.
DoNotPay can work on your behalf with many landlord issues, including:
- If you're a uniformed service member breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
- If you're breaking your lease for a reason protected by your state's tenant laws, we'll write your landlord a letter detailing your protections for breaking the lease under the relevant law.
- If your reasons for breaking your lease aren't protected by federal or state law, but you'd like to try to convince your landlord to let you break the lease through mutual agreement, we'll draft a hardship letter making your case to your landlord.
- If there are no remaining options for breaking the lease with protection, but your state requires landlords to mitigate damages to tenants who break their leases, we'll notify your landlord of that obligation and minimize the remaining rent you have to pay.
Why Use DoNotPay to Break Your Rental Lease
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