The basics . . . Politics & culture are causing people to lose money in the Sunflower State.
Nobody likes haggling and it turns out Midwestern mores are very effective at keeping customers in line.
Don't get it twisted . . . We aren't advising anybody to skip out on the rent. BUT . . . Just as landlords want their money, renters should know their rights.
Here's a sign that the plebs might need to do a bit more homework . . .
The Kansas Supreme Court established the committee to examine best practices in anticipation of a spike in evictions after state and federal moratoriums expired in October 2021. Judge Sarah Warner, of the Kansas Court of Appeals, led the committee, which included judges, trial clerks, attorneys who routinely represent tenants and property owners, and representatives of landlords in Wichita and Hays. The 29-page report, dated April 20, was released on Wednesday.
The committee examined the evictions process and court filings going back to the 12-month fiscal year that ended in June 2017. The panel found that tenants didn’t respond to half the filings, resulting in an automatic judgment for the landlords. A quarter of the cases were dismissed because property owners had not provided a three-day notice required under state law for a tenant to come up with overdue rent.
Courts reported about 14,500 eviction filings per year in the three years before the pandemic, but no more than 150 cases went to trial in any of those years.
“The committee questions the wisdom and equity of this judicial model, which relies, at least in part, on litigants’ ignorance to stay afloat,” the report said.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
Kansas report on evictions highlights ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance - Kansas Reflector
TOPEKA - A new judicial committee report on evictions in Kansas points to multiple problems with a complex, fast-paced legal system for ousting tenants who fail to pay their rent. Three-fourths of eviction filings are resolved through procedural errors, an indicator of the ignorance tenants and landlords have with the legal process, the report found.