Overland Park leaders to discuss future of short-term rentals

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The results of a new community survey could soon change how businesses like Airbnb operate in Overland Park.

During the committee of the whole meeting Monday, Overland Park city leaders will review the city’s results short term rental survey (STR).

Short-term rentals are homes that are rented for a short period of time from one night to several months. These types of rentals are usually available through digital platforms such as Airbnb, Home Away and VRBO.

According to city documents, staff worked with an unnamed vendor who provided STR addresses using GIS coordinates. City staff then cross-referenced the data with the STR list and Google Street view to identify STR locations. However, only 64% of the records can be identified in the correct property.

Based on preliminary data, city staff could identify 102 STR locations, including 63 STRs in single-family homes.

Because STR owners may use multiple platforms to advertise their properties, city staff believe there are additional rental properties not included in this initial review.

The city compared police calls at STR properties to owner-occupied homes from January 2020 to June 2022. While STR properties generated more calls as a category, the properties represented less than 0.5% of all calls for service received by the police department.

According to city data, STRs have a higher percentage of noise calls (12%) compared to occupied homes (3%) and rental properties (4%).

Of the 974 responses to the community survey, 29% of participants identified as living near an STR. About 60% of residents living near STR said they had a negative experience, citing problems with parking, noise, litter, party houses and property maintenance.

According to the survey roughly 82% of the participants supported the regulation requiring STR owners to notify their neighbors that their property is being used as a STR.

  • 74% of participants support short-term rental licenses.
  • 89% of respondents support the party house ordinance.
  • 75% of participants support limiting the number of STR visitors.

A second survey was sent to STR property owners and hosts. According to the results of the survey, half of the hosts of STR supported a party house ordinance. Five of the eight responses supported the licensing program for short-term rentals.

No official action will be taken Monday, but staff recommended city leaders consider enacting a Party Nuisance Ordinance. It will create guidelines for resolving issues with parties or other rowdy behavior at STR properties.

City staff will continue to work to identify the nature of other STRs in the city and focus on community outreach efforts to make residents aware of how to report problems with STRs. Staff will also review possible modifications to the city’s existing rental registration program to include a potential STR licensing program.

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