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What Is a Kansas Rental Application?

In Kansas, a rental application is a document that landlords use to screen and vet applicants for rental property. This document allows landlords to collect information from all applicants in a uniform and organized manner and choose the ideal candidate. A rental application in Kansas gives landlords an in-depth look into an applicant’s finances, residential history, income, and other telling details that will help the landlord make the most well-informed decision on a tenant.

A rental application has benefits for the applicant as well. Rental applications must adhere to federal fair housing laws, which means that the applicant is protected from housing discrimination from the landlord.

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The Kansas Rental Application Process

The Kansas rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Kansas, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount.

Landlords in Kansas are restricted to a maximum of one (1) month’s rent security deposit for unfurnished units or one and a half (1.5) months’ rent for furnished units. A Kansas landlord may ask for an additional half (0.5) month's rent for a pet deposit.

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A Sample Kansas Rental Application with Examples for Each Step

The rental application should include the following sections:

  • Prospective Property including complete address, type of unit, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, start date, and monthly rent
  • Personal Information about the Applicant including full name, date of birth, social security number, photo ID (driver's license number or Kansas state ID), current address, phone number/cell phone number, and email address
  • Rental History for the last three rental addresses, including current/previous address(es), name and phone number of landlord/manager, and how long they lived at the address
  • Employment History and income for the last five years (including the spouse and/or co-applicant), including current/previous employer(s), address, position, dates of employment, supervisor name and phone number, annual salary/monthly income, other sources of income, monthly income, name, address, and phone number of provider, bank account(s)/bank balance(s), and credit card accounts
  • Other Occupants/Roommates including full name, date of birth, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Personal References (unrelated to the applicant) including name,  phone number, and how long known
  • Emergency Contact including name, address, phone number(s), and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Vehicles including make/model, year, and license plate number/state
  • Pet Information if any; if there are any restrictions regarding pets on the property, they should be listed on the rental application
  • Personal History/Statement including the need for a service animal or other disability/mobility needs, prior evictions, prior bankruptcies, and prior criminal convictions
  • Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including consent to a credit/criminal background check

Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Kansas

Kansas Legal Services 

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI)                

U S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC)     

Kansas City Tenants (KC Tenants)               

Kansas Rental Application Laws

In Kansas, a landlord may not demand more than the equivalent of one (1) month’s rent for unfurnished rentals, and more than one and a half (1.5) months’ rent for furnished rentals. However, if a tenant has pets, the landlord may require an additional one and a half (1.5) month’s rent for a deposit. Once the tenant’s lease ends or is terminated, the landlord must return the deposit within 30 days (Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 58-2550, 58-2548).

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