Overland Park to discuss short term rentals like Airbnb, Vrbo

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This home at 9711 W. 145th Terrace in Overland Park was the scene of a fatal shooting Sunday at a rental house party.

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After a fatal shooting over the weekend at a house that was rented in a neighborhood of Overland Park, Mayor Curt Skoog announced Monday that City Council would review short-term rentals in the city.

“Safe neighborhoods are a key part of Overland Park’s high quality of life,” Skoog said in a prepared statement he read during Monday night’s meeting.

The issues associated with the growing trend of landlords using their properties as short-term rentals have caught the attention of city council and have been discussed for some time, he said.

“It’s time to move this complicated subject forward,” Skoog said.

He kicked off an initial discussion of short-term rentals for the April 4 council meeting, saying that then the council could discuss how it would like to move forward.

“Short-term rental operators need to be mindful of their neighbors in the community, and we need to ensure that our residential neighborhoods will continue to be safe and welcoming,” Skoog said.

The decision to bring up the subject comes after the death of 46-year-old Cheryl “Sharell” Hollowman of Wichita in an early morning shooting at a party at an Overland Park home used as a vacation rental. short term. Several family members and friends attended the party, police said.

Anthony Duane Smith, 46, of Topeka, was charged Monday with a single count of second-degree murder. The prosecution alleged that Smith “unwittingly, but recklessly, under circumstances showing extreme disregard for the value of human life” killed Holloman. He was being held in Johnson County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Police responded to the shooting around 6 a.m. at the home in the 9700 block of West 145th Terrace. Family members had already taken Holloman to the hospital where she later died.

The rental home is owned by Kishore Kakileti, a real estate professional, who owns properties in Boston, Kansas and Texas. He uses the 5,000 square foot, six bedroom, 5 1/2 bath Overland Park home as his second home.

Police are investigating whether the house could be rented out on Airbnb. Although no listing for the house could be found on this site on Tuesday morning, the house was still listed on Vrbo for an average of $646 per night.

This story was originally published March 22, 2022 9:18 a.m.

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