City of Overland Park – Proposed Rental Licensing Program – Open House November 19th, 2015

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City of Overland Park, KSThe city of Overland Park is having a public open house on Thursday, November 19th at the Matt Ross Community Center: 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS. Residents, homes associations and neighborhood group officers, landlords and others are invited. The goal is for attendees to learn more about a proposed rental licensing and inspection program for owners of rental homes in Overland Park.

The public open house is the next step in a public information and feedback process before the City Council considers adoption of the program. The registration/licensing program being considered would be phased in over three years.

Year One : Registration
Identify all rental properties, contact owners and begin registration.
Year Two: Licensing/Inspections
Begin licensing and exterior inspection of properties. This process would take two years to complete.
Year Three : Inspections
Standardized, exterior inspections of rental property on a regularly scheduled basis.

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.

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, contact Community Services Manager John Rod at 913-895-6214.