You may be aware of the recent news involving Kansas City, Missouri and its passing of a new piece of legislation branded the KC Tenants Bill of Rights. This legislation was brought to Kansas City by a national activist group called Homes Guarantee who is mobilizing tenants all across the nation to advocate for their right to safe, permanently affordable housing. The bill, which is made up almost entirely of existing legislation, was passed in Kansas City, Missouri by City Council on December 12th. 

 

The bill has caused much concern across the city for several reasons:

  1. It doesn’t solve the actual problem the tenants (whose real problems with slumlords are heartbreaking) rallied to solve. The bill doesn’t do anything to provide one single, affordable home.
  2. It is unfunded
  3. It establishes an additional level of bureaucratic oversight for laws that are already in existence.

For ourselves, our team, and all of our clients, present and future, we joined the Kansas City Regional Housing Alliance to help bring light to all sides of the issues at hand, believing that we only truly win when we all work together to find real solutions to real problems.

What does this mean for housing providers?

At this time, the city will be working to figure out how they will fund and implement the new division required to oversee this legislation. The bill will not become effective until June 20, 2020. In the meantime, property management companies will be working to understand any changes that need to be made to their process in order to comply.

We will keep you updated if anything changes, but at this time all is status quo. Kansas City remains an incredible city in which to live and invest. We have seen other cities have legislation introduced that is much worse for investors. Here in Kansas City, groups came together as a community and impacted the bill. Now more than ever we have a committed, attentive, collaborative group of housing providers looking to understand and solve problems together for the betterment of our great city.

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