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COVID-19 Information for Kansas

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly implemented Executive Order 20-29 which rescinded Kansas’ Shelter-In-Place order. The EO renders the state’s previous Shelter-In-Place orders no longer in effect.

On Friday, May 22, 2020, Kansas moved to Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas. Gatherings of up to 15 people are now permitted, and certain businesses may re-open, including organized sports facilities, community centers, indoor leisure spaces, and casinos. The order modifies the originally planned Phase 2 and no longer permits bars, night clubs, or swimming pools to open. Those have now been moved to Phase 3. Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, 2020.

State of Emergency

Governor Laura Kelly declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020.

Eviction

Executive Order

  • Action: Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order on March 17, 2020, halting residential eviction proceedings statewide through May 31, 2020.

  • Scope: All filings.

  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: Yes. Significant income loss, increase in expenses, or inability to work due to COVID-19, or household’s resources depleted to the extent that paying rent or mortgage would leave them unable to purchase food, medicine, or other goods, supplies, or services necessary to their health and safety.

  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

  • Additional Commentary: The Kansas Supreme Court has directed that forcible entry and detainer proceedings should either be continued to a date after June 15, 2020, or conducted by phone at a local court's discretion.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Kansas.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Kansas Code Chapter 12. - Cities and Municipalities Article 16. - Miscellaneous Provisions 12-16, 120.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Kansas Code § 50.6.160, it is unlawful to unjustifiably increase the price of necessary property or services during a time of disaster. Goods and services charged at a rate of 25 percent more than prior to a declaration emergency will be considered evidence of grossly excessive pricing. According to the statutory language, housing is deemed necessary property and falls under regulation of this chapter. The language of this statute will hold for the duration of the declared emergency or 30 days after its occurrence, whichever is longer.ines are posted at owensboro.org. Funds will be distributed until depleted on a first-come, first-served basis.