In order to increase public safety and health, the Roeland Park City Council made two major changes pertaining to rental inspections in 2015. 1) The Council provided a process to have rental inspections of residential properties and apartments by request of the tenant or renter and 2) Voluntary rental inspections beginning January 1, 2016. Both are detailed below.
City to offer Information Sessions regarding New Regulations
To educate landlords on the details of the new regulations, Roeland Park staff hosted two training seminars designed to answer questions and alleviate concerns of rental property owners and landlords. For those unable to attend, please visit the following links for the presentation and brochure. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a change in state law, as of August 2016, internal rental inspections are no longer mandatory. City staff will still perform internal inspections at the landlord or tenant’s request but the City no longer requires these inspections. Diregard the mandatory language in the attached brochure and presentation.
Inspections By Request
With a recent ordinance change, both owners and tenants of rental properties (both apartments and single family homes) may request an internal and external inspection of the property. The goal for these inspections is to ensure basic health and safety features such as electrical wiring, carbon monoxide detectors are in place in these dwellings. To request an inspection please contact your Neighborhood Services team at (913)-722-2600 and ask for Code Enforcement Officer Wade Holtkamp(email@example.com) or the Building Official.
Internal Inspection Process
Internal inspection will be performed with the owner or his/her designated agent present (other than the tenant). It shall be the responsibility of the owner to notify Roeland Park of a vacancy for their rental property within 15 days or a public offense shall have occurred. External inspections will continue on an annual basis when the single family home rental license is up for renewal. Please see the link for internal inspections for a list of inspection items by room.
Below is a summary of all of the changes:
Currently, Neighborhood Services staff performs external inspections annually and issues renewal licenses upon passing inspection. Neighborhood Services staff will conduct internal inspections at the request of the landlord or tenant.
Reinspections: During an inspection, if the Neighborhood Services Staff determines that the dwelling is not in compliance with applicable City ordinances, staff will discuss a schedule and process to achieve compliance with the owner or tenant. Re-inspections shall be conducted to ensure that appropriate corrective action has been completed. There is no cost of the first re-inspection.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Neighborhood Services team at (913)-722-2600 and ask for Code Enforcement Officer Wade Holtkamp(firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Building Official John Jacobson (email@example.com).
Please visit these links for a list of inspection items and the rental application:
For information about renting a home in Roeland Park along with links to resources for tenants, click here