Public invited to Nov. 19 meeting on proposed rental licensing program

Rental Property Licensing
Overland Park, KS – Residents, homes associations and neighborhood group officers, landlords and others are invited to an informal open house Thursday, Nov. 19, to learn more about a proposed rental licensing and inspection program.
The open house is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Matt Ross Community Center. City staff members will be at various stations to provide information, answer questions and accept feedback to share with city councilmembers in January for further consideration.
Visitors can come and go and learn more about the proposed rental licensing program. No formal presentation is scheduled.
Invitations to the meeting will be sent to homes associations and neighborhood group leaders, apartment owners and managers, and landlords.
This is the next step in a public information and feedback process before the City Council considers adoption of the program. Recommendations from a Rental Licensing Task Force, which has been working on a proposal since April, will present information and seek feedback from the public.
 Overland Park property code officials have been dealing with an increasing number of cases involving neglected rental properties. This includes single-family homes and multi-family rentals.  Further, property code and police officers are seeing an increase in major crimes in areas lacking property maintenance attention or effort by property owners.
“Beautiful, well-kept and cared for neighborhoods are the backbone of Overland Park, a nationally recognized community,” said John Rod, manager of community services, which oversees enforcement of property codes.
“Deteriorating property conditions create a concern for all people invested in the community. A survey of residents this year says enforcement of city codes and ordinances is among the top five priorities for elected officials and staff members,” Rod added. “We want to work with landlords, property management companies and residents to ensure a viable, safe and attractive community.”
Preliminary recommendations for a rental licensing program include
  • Year One, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, identify all rental properties, contact owners and begin registration.
  • Year Two and Three, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, begin licensing and exterior inspection of properties. This process would take two years to complete.
The licensing program excludes interior inspection of residential units. Currently, the city conducts inspections based on a complaint basis, not part of any program.
After completion of the third year, plans include review and evaluation of the program for possible modification or expansion.
For more information, call 913-895-6000.
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Contact: John Rod, 913-895-6214.