Tenants Bill of Rights one step closer to becoming law in KC

December 03, 2019 - 8:45 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After three hours of debate Monday night, the Kansas City Special Committee on Housing Policy approved a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance. It aims to prevent discrimination based on things like past arrests, income or eviction history. 

"The motion passes, this will be heard again on Thursday," Mayor Quinton Lucas said to cheers in the room. 

Emotions ran high among tenants and landlords alike, many of whom said they were not happy with some of the provisions in the ordinance. 

"It's a business breaker for us," one landlord told the committee Monday night. "We will not do business under these laws."

Mayor Lucas offered his support for the ordinance, which was passed out of committee with two additions: landlords must provide a utility company phone number so tenants can find out utility costs, and rental histories can become a factor if landlords notice a nefarious pattern.

The Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance goes to the full council on Thursday, December 5. 

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