Hi BP and KCMO Investors!
My properties are not in Kansas City, Missouri. However, I own properties in Independence, Raytown, and soon to be Grandview. I wanted to make sure KCMO property owners are aware!
If this proposal is allowed to continue as proposed you will no longer be able to take the following information into consideration when screening tenants.
- Source of Income
- No criminal background checks
- No credit checks
- Can not take previous eviction history into consideration
- Must work with Section 8, Housing Voucher Programs
In additional to these restrictions, we would also see the creation of a fourth city bureaucracy to oversee rental properties (in addition to codes department, Healthy Homes, and Human Relations/Fair Housing)
To read the full proposed bill, please click the link below:
What Can I Do...?
Step Up & Take Action
Contact your council members to let them know your thoughts on what’s being proposed in the KC Tenants Bill of Rights and the concept of allowing unqualified tenants to be able to move in anywhere and creating an unfunded mandate for another city department that duplicates currently existing functions. I’ve provided both email and phone numbers for each of the council members on the committee below.
Members on the committee
Mayor Quinton Lucas
Councilman Kevin O’Neill
Councilman Dan Fowler
Councilman Brandon Ellington
Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw
You may also reach out to the council member you know best, if that makes you more comfortable. It’s important for all of our representatives to know about what’s going on.
You can find contact information for the other council members here: https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/city-officials/city-council-members
It is VITAL that your voices are heard, so please reach out to the above people right now - TODAY, and reference the specific Ordinance (#190935) and Resolution (#190934) in your communication. Here are some recommended talking points that we suggest using to make sure your voices are heard. Over the last few weeks we have heard all of the horror stories, now they need to hear how these changes will effect everyone involved.
Concern over the safety of neighborhoods if restrictions are put on tenant screening
Worries about risks to families if housing providers in your neighborhood can no longer screen for criminal history of a potential tenant
Fear around how the placement of unqualified tenants could impact a neighborhood
Worry about extra bureaucracy and how it will be funded
The relationship between landlord and tenant is interdependent, one can not survive without the other, so we need to work together on solutions.
A good housing provider with a bad tenant goes bankrupt, a good tenant with a bad housing provider goes homeless. The city has the opportunity with this effort to implement policies to prevent both!
Everything proposed in the Tenant Bill or Rights is punitive against landlords. There is no assistance for landlords and no real programs to help tenants.
Show up for the meeting Wednesday, 11/13 at City Hall (414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, 26th Floor, Council Chambers).
We want the council to understand that we represent a large group of concerned voters, and we can only do that if our physical presence is seen in that room. Please attend.
The council might make a few changes on time and we want to make sure everyone who is planning on attending gets updated. One way to do that is to mark that you’re “Going” in our Facebook event, then as we post updates to the event, those “Going” get notice. Also watch your email, if times change we will email you.
Link for event on Facebook:
If the council accepts testimony on Wednesday, and you wish to testify, make sure you fill out a card prior to the meeting. Please be brief, respectful, and on point with your statement, as you’ll only get two minutes at the podium. The meeting starts at 4pm, but please get there by 3pm because it will fill up.
We can only reach so many people via email. If you know other home owners in Kansas City, please forward this email to them and encourage them to contact the committee and show up at the event on Wednesday (11/13).
This just went through in NY. Not much can be done about it. Many states are moving in this direction. It's causing a lot of confusion here.
This is strange to me. It seems like laziness. The cities putting their problems off on landlords. These laws will cause the small fish many troubles. I only own 11 (nearly 13) units. One issue from this could eat an entire year's profits.
It stems from the fact that housing is a scarce commodity these days.
@Rick Novotny This bill seems like a Bill they would pass in California. It is insane to think a landlord can not check to see if the proposed tenant has damaged prior rentals or other criminal records. I rented to a tenant 8 years ago that I did not screen properly and by the 3rd month he did not pay rents. When I sent him the pay or quit notice, he went crazy on me and left messages every 5 minutes threatening to harm me. I looked into a restraining order and other measures to protect myself. I am scared to think what could happen if a landlord can not check into the history of a tenant. Employers can check into the history of a prospective employee so a landlord should always be able to check into the background of a prospective tenant. This bill should be called the insane bill of no rights.
I'm just happy I've offloaded all of my tenant relations and day-to-day operations to property managers. I already couldn't stand managing my properties myself when I only had 2. I couldn't imagine dealing with the 13 different tenants I've grown to. I don't even know who my tenants are anymore and they don't know me.
To be honest i would absolutely still screen on the down low, but never admit it. Just never decline until i found a good tenant.. "sorry still processing applications".