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) Mandatory 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.
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.
Mandatory Inspections beginning January 1, 2016
Beginning January 2, 2016 Neighborhood Services will be conducting internal inspections on single family properties on existing rental homes once they are vacant unless an inspection has occurred in the last year. This 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. All apartments in Roeland Park will have internal inspection on a 4 year rotating basis. Please see the link for internal inspections for a list of inspection items by room.
Below is a summary of all of the changes:
Single Family Dwelling and Duplexes: Currently, Neighborhood Services staff performs external inspections annually and issues renewal licenses upon passing inspection. Beginning January 1, 2016, Neighborhood Services staff will conduct internal inspections when a single family dwelling and duplex unit becomes vacant. Either the tenant or landlord may request an internal or external inspection at any time.
Multi-Family Dwellings: Beginning January 1, 2016, internal and external inspections of each multi-family dwelling shall occur by Neighborhood Services staff without request approximately once every four years. Internal and external inspections of multi-family dwellings may be conducted at any time upon the request of the owner 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.
For a link to the rental inspection ordinance please click here. 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