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Rental Registration and Inspection Program up and running

As the City of Kansas City, Mo., starts the third week of its Rental Registration and Inspection Program, the Neighborhood Preservation Division has received more than 800 online applications and 70 paper applications.

“The response to the program has been on target with what we expected," said Daniel Schmelzinger, manager of the Neighborhood Preservation Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. "The willingness of landlords to be compliant with this program is critical to its success."

The following information provides answers to some of the most common questions the Neighborhood Preservation Division staff has answered about the program:

-- All owners of rental property located within the City limits of Kansas City, Mo., now must register their properties with the City's Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

-- This registration program applies only to dwellings, not commercial properties.

-- For this program, a rental dwelling is defined as one that contains a living area or rooming unit that is being offered for rent or is being rented or occupied by any person who is not the owner of the premises. However, property occupied by a child, grandchild, mother, father, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law or grandparent of the owner is not considered rental property. In addition, duplex dwellings in which one of the units is owner-occupied are not considered rental dwellings for purposes of this program.

-- Registration of properties is required even if the property owner lives in the metropolitan area.

-- Before filling out the online application, it is important to read the online instructions in the pdf document and refer to the instructions during the application process.

This registration is the result of the passage of ordinance No. 071046 in October 2007. Registration may be done anytime during the month of January without incurring a registration fee. However, failure to register a rental dwelling before Feb. 1 will result in the issuance of an administrative citation fine of $50. For each month (or portion thereof) that a rental dwelling is not registered, an additional $50 fee will be assessed. For example, a rental property not registered until August will be assessed a fine of $350. Registration is required on a calendar-year basis and will expire each Dec. 31.

Online registration is available at Applications also will be available on this site that can be downloaded and submitted by mail or in person. Copies of the application are available at the Neighborhood Preservation Division office at 4900 Swope Parkway and at City Hall at 414 E. 12th St. on the fourth floor from the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

For more information about the Rental Registration and Inspection Program, visit or call the Neighborhood Preservation Division, (816) 513-9010.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

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