Rental property registration is required by City ordinance 071046 as of 2008. All housing units within the City limits of Kansas City, Mo., must be registered with the City between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 of each year. There is no cost to register your property within that time frame. Newly rented property must be registered within 30 days of the change in ownership/status, including if it goes from vacant to rented or vice versa.
You must register online; it can be done from home, a library, or a public computer at our office (4900 Swope Parkway). Contact Carla Finch at 816-513-9039 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or need assistance with registration. Vacant structures are now registered in the same database.
Penalties for failure to register
Failing to register/renew before Feb. 1 (or within the grace period allowed for changes of ownership/status) will result in a $50 late penalty. If any of your rental property is discovered by City inspectors to be unregistered, you may also receive an administrative citation of up to $200 under 56-375 for failing to register voluntarily; this penalty can cost $100 per property or more.
Registration renewal may be done anytime during the months of December or January. There is no registration fee if renewal is completed in a timely manner. Renewal is a simple process if no information has changed; login with the username/password issued originally, check the box near the bottom of the “Edit this profile” screen that says “I have verified that all of the above information is correct.” and hit Submit. Then “touch” each property associated with your login by going to to “Edit” link at the bottom of the screen, check the box near the bottom of the screen that says “I have verified that all of the above information is correct.” and hit Submit.
Each property you own must be renewed each year, even if no information has changed!
If details of your registration or properties have changed:
- Login with your username/password from the initial registration.
- If owner information has changed, click the Edit This Profile link near the top of the page (see right).
- Update the necessary fields, then check the “I have verified that all of the above information is correct.” box and click Submit for that page.
- If you need to add or remove properties, or change information about a property, click the appropriate link near the bottom of the page (see right).
- Remember to check the verification box and click Submit for each property that is updated.
A rental dwelling is any property that contains a dwelling or rooming unit that is being offered for rent or is being rented or occupied by any person who is not the owner of the premises. However, property occupied by a child, grandchild, mother, father, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law or grandparent of the owner is not considered rental property. In addition, duplex dwellings in which one of the units is owner-occupied are not considered rental dwellings for the purposes of this program. Registration of rental properties is keyed to the ownership of each property; you may register several properties under one login as long as they are under one ownership.
Changes to a registration include the sale of a registered property, the acquisition of a non-registered property, and the acquisition of a property registered under a different owner. Occupied rental properties must be registered within 30 days of purchase. Vacant properties that become active rental properties must be renewed as rentals within 30 days of the tenant taking occupancy.