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).