A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature could wipe out part of Lawrence’s 2-year-old landlord licensing ordinance because it allows the city to inspect residential rental units without first obtaining permission from the landlord or a search warrant.
House Bill 2665 would prohibit cities and counties from adopting local laws that allow periodic inspection of rental housing without a search warrant, and it would declare any existing ordinances that don’t meet the bill’s standards null and void.
It also says tenants would retain the right to request an inspection, provided they are not subject to an eviction order. But even those could not take place before the landlord has been notified.
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