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2016.08.17: Independence, MO Rental Property Inspection Ordinance | By: Independence Rent Ready


This seems to be a done deal, unless we show up in force on September 6, 2016, 6pm at the next Independence city council meeting. I was told by a council member that Independence would be the first city in the metro area to enact this ordiance and that 8 other cities, including Kansas City would follow in order by the first of January 2017. This would be financially devasting for all rental property owners in the entire metro area.
Independence, MO. city hall address: 111 E Maple, corner of Noland Rd. and Truman Rd.
We need 500 people to show up to discourage the real estate killer from being enacted.
The Ordinance

16-086 – 1R. An ordinance amending Chapter 4, “Building, Plumbing and Electrical Installations”, by adding a new Article 15, “Rental Ready Program”, to Chapter 4 of the City Code, pertaining to business licensing and inspection requirements for rental properties to be effective January 1, 2017.




Staff recommends approval.

Executive Summary:



This ordinance would establish an interior residential rental dwelling unit inspection.  The program’s focus is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.




On July 11, 2016, staff presented to the City Council an overview of the rental inspection program.  The goals of the program are to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, maintain attractive and desirable neighborhoods, and ensure minimum standards for the interior of residential buildings.

The proposed rental inspection program would require all residential rental units to pass a basic health/safety inspection every two years.  The landlord would be required to hire a qualified housing inspector such as from the American Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Home Inspectors or have other qualifications.

The qualified housing inspectors would be required submit the approved inspection forms to the City showing that the unit passes the basic health/safety items. If a unit fails an inspection, the landlord will be required to resolve any deficiencies and have the unit re-inspected.  No unit can be rented without an approved inspection form.

Any rental dwelling unit that has been inspected for any reason may submit that inspection report provided the inspection is no older than twelve (12) months

The rental inspection process would begin in January 2017 with a 2-year initial implementation with half the units inspected each year.  During the initial implementation, the rental inspections will be valid for up to 2 years.  After the initial implementation, the landlord would be required to have their units inspected with their business renewal and those inspections would be valid for 2 years.

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