Kansas City to consider creating a Tenant Bill of Rights


ANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — The council chamber is packed with members of Kansas City Tenants, an organization advocating for renter rights.

For about an hour, person after person stood up to tell their personal stories to the council. The proposed resolution and ordinance would create a division of housing and community development with a rental housing assistance unit.

That unit would operate a rental housing hotline and provide a regularly updated Tenant Bill of Rights document. The Bill of Rights would give tenants the right to collectively bargain, stop landlords from passing on fees to tenants, put limits on security deposits, require written consent from tenants for entry into their unit and require disclosures about past issues in units and utilities estimates.

It would also ensure freedom from discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, age, source of income, rental history and arrest or conviction history.

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