- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Legislature is considering a bill that would require cities and counties to obtain a warrant to inspect rental properties.

The House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee conducted a hearing on the bill Wednesday.

The bill would prohibit cities and counties from adopting local laws that allow periodic inspection of rental housing without a search warrant, and would declare any existing ordinances that don’t meet the bill’s standards null and void, The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1SpvgVE ) reported.

The bill would also allow tenants to retain the right to request an inspection as long as they are not subject to an eviction order.

Ed Jaskinia, president of the Associated Landlords of Kansas, expressed his support for the bill, citing the protection of privacy rights of property owners and tenants.

“They’re opening refrigerators or cabinet doors, drawers,” said Jaskinia. “What kind of code violation are you looking for there? It may be a rare thing, but it can and does happen.”

Debby Graber, director of Wyandotte County’s the licensing program, opposes the bill. Graber says that people who engage in the business of renting out housing to the public should be required to adhere to certain standards.

The committee took no action on the bill.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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