Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance
Since the CDC eviction moratorium was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, evictions for nonpayment of rent have returned in full force. However, if tenants are experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability they can apply for assistance through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program. This program helps tenants remain in their homes and helps landlords get compensated. Here’s what KERA can cover:
- Up to 15 months of current and past due household rent.
- Up to three months of prospective household rent at a time, even if household does not have rental arrears.
- Past due residential utility or home energy expenses for tenants (electric, as, water, sewer, and trash services), even if the household does not have rental arrears.
- Past due or prospective internet expenses for tenants, paid in one lump sum of $750, provided the tenant household is also eligible to receive assistance for past-due rental or utility bills.
- Additional fees associated with past-due rent or utility bills may be covered, including: reasonable late fees, rental security deposits, application or screening fees, pet fees, utility fees, parking fees, garage fees, and/or legal fees.