Overland Park passes ordinance requiring rental property registry for licensing, inspection

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The City of Overland Park has passed an ordinance requiring the owners of rental properties to register for a licensing and inspection program.

There has been much debate and many meetings about this program for the last two years. Council members still had concerns up until the last minute with the ordinance, but passed it with an 8-to-2 Monday night vote.

The city first discussed implementing the program after concerns about an increase of rental property owners not taking care of their properties. FOX 4 heard from residents who said there should be efforts to keep blight out of the city, but many have been divided about whether the ordinance is necessary, or fair.

“I want the city to see that the landlords take care of the problem. Now the landlords may not be the responsible for making the mess, but it’s his responsibility to clean it up,” said resident Jane Clark.

“This notion that you can simply say the rental properties are all the problem, or the non-owner company properties are the problem, is just wrong,” said Sam Alpert, with the Heartland Apartment Association.

A city spokesman says it will take three years to implement the program.

In July the city will start communication efforts with owners about getting properties registered, and there won’t be a fee at that time. July of 2017 is when the city will start collecting fees, and registering half of the owners. The other half will be registered July of 2018.