Roeland Park working on regulating home rental industry to adjust to current code

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. -- Temporary home rentals, the ability to stay in someone's home for a night or a month, is a new trend, mainly fueled by websites like Airbnb or VRBO. With this new trend come new questions: is it legal to use your home as a temporary rental and how should a city regulate it?

It's something Roeland Park is debating right now.

Kelly Wells rented out her Roeland Park home for about six months on the website Airbnb, usually to clean, considerate renters.

"I had so many families come stay," said Wells.

For Wells the six months were lucrative and helpful as a new homeowner.

"It needed a full renovation, and it was a great way to pay for the renovation," she said.

Roeland Park is working to get some regulations in place for temporary rentals.

"If you're reading the code as it currently stands, then these properties would constitute boarding homes, and therefore would not be allowed," said Jennifer Jones-Lacy from the city of Roeland Park.

There are proposed changes to find a happy medium for people wanting to rent out their homes.

Those proposed changes include: the rental has to be the homeowner's primary residence, the homeowner has to give their neighbors a courtesy notice, and the homeowner will need to get a rental permit.

The proposed changes will be discussed in a public meeting on Monday, January 4th at 6:00 at Roeland Park’s City Hall.