OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park City Council unanimously approved Monday night a new ordinance regulating nuisance parties in the city.

“This is an important, early step toward ensuring all neighborhoods in Overland Park continue to be peaceful for residents, and will apply to all properties, including owner-occupied homes and long- and short-term rentals,” the city said Monday.

The council directed city staff to draft a nuisance party ordinance after a study over the summer that looked into the effects of short-term rentals in Overland Park. 

Councilman Faris Farassati said the nuisance party ordinance regulates and penalizes people involved in chaotic parties.

“So, if your party’s having too much noise, have some sort of behavior inside or outside that’s disturbing the peace, block other neighbors access to house,” Farassati said. “All of these things are now going to be subject to a citation.”

Staff found that nuisance party ordinances can be an effective way to hold both the owners and renters of these short term-rental properties accountable for what takes place at their properties.

The ordinance will give the Overland Park Police Department an additional tool for dealing with properties where people are violating noise ordinances, using drugs or alcohol illegally, damaging property, littering, creating parking or traffic issues and more. 

“It could be anybody who is involved,” Meg Ralph, communications manager for the city, said. “It could be people creating having in the neighborhood, it could be somebody who rents the house that isn’t there or is there, or it could be the property owner.”

In addition to citing individuals physically at the properties, the ordinance will allow police officers to issue penalties of up to $500 against the renter or owner of the problem properties for these violations.

At least two shootings at short-term rental properties in Overland Park triggered the conversation.

“You know rounds of bullets fired,” Farassati said.

In March, a Wichita woman was shot and killed during a party at an Air BNB in Overland Park.

Farassati said the need for regulating short-term rentals is there, and this is just the first step in deciding what the people of Overland Park want that to look like.

“I think the important question is, is a short-term activity in harmony with the residential zoning?” Farassati said,” because the number one thing I have heard from people is you are running a business in a residential neighborhood and that is not in harmony with my purchase of a home in OP. So, we need to answer that question.”

The ordinance will take effect Tuesday, September 27.

Short term rentals are not currently regulated by municipal code, and are generally allowed in Overland Park. Homeowners associations may have more restrictive rules.

Residents can use OPCares, the City’s online customer service tool, to report ongoing property maintenance issues and disturbances at residential properties that are being used as a short term rental.

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