Paul D. Cramm

Overland Park Considers Rental Inspections To Target Crime

There is a possibility that landlords will be charged for rental inspections as the Overland Park leaders noticed a link between crime, code violations, and renters.

Officials of the city’s planning agency told that the rental residential properties have had a high number of code violations in the past few years due to which the city established a licensing and exterior inspection plan.

According to Jack Messer, Overland Park’s Director of Planning and Development Services, “Those are two indicators that tell us something is happening at those properties that might require a little more attention”.

In the city of Overland Park, the number of units that are rented out is more than 28,000. On Thursday night, a scheme was revealed by a task force that was given the responsibility of stabilizing the city’s neighborhoods that includes charging landlords $60 for the bi-annual inspections and licenses. The main aim is to make neighborhoods more appealing and secure.

Messer added, “If we take care of the broken windows and take care of the weeds and take care of the general conditions outside, it doesn’t become an attractive nuisance”.

According to the landlords, they are all for safety and attractiveness, but they are not the only ones who should have to pay for it.

Director of the Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors, Kim Tucker, said, “My take is everybody should be held to the same rules and regulations which we already are through code inspections”.

A group of investors who are successful in fighting the other rental inspection cases in court is supporting Tucker. The cases won by the investors included interior inspections but outside inspection will be done in Overland Park.

If passed, then individuals who will face issues for living in Overland Park are those with moderate monthly earnings.

Tucker added, “Not only the fees but the time of dealing with the fees or dealing with the inspections, it’s just going to be passed on to the renters and raise the price of rent”.

For the inspection, Apartment complex property managers will pay the amount of $200.

The plan will not be approved without appropriate public survey for which a public meeting will be held in the next month. The measure is also not approved by the council and the approval may be given in the next year.

The task force said time is required to identify rental properties, with licensing to start in the summer of 2017. According to them, it will take almost 3 years to put the plan in place. In the 1st year, all rental properties will be registered. In the remaining 2 years, licensing and inspecting will be done. A task force member observed that the city should consider adding interior inspections to the final program with the exterior inspections because it will fully provide safety to the renters. There is a need of putting the plan in place immediately because of the security of the individuals living in the city.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.