Hutchinson landlords protest city rental inspection program

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Several landlords in Hutchinson are protesting a program that allows city workers to inspect rental units without the tenants’ consent.

The registration process started in January but landlords were given until Thursday to pay a $25 annual registration fee for rental units. If they missed the deadline, rental owners would pay a $50 fee per month per unit.

The Hutchinson News reports that some landlords who turned in registrations included about 20 sheets of paper signed by those who said they were paying the rental registration fees under protest.

The opponents say the program violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The program requires most registered units to be inspected about every three years and upon change of ownership.


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