Complaint about alleged party at College Hill Airbnb rental raises legal questions

By Kaylie Mclaughlin

If you’re thinking about putting your house on Airbnb, you might want to think twice. In certain cases, you might be in violation of local zoning code.

Sophie Rotola has been using the app to rent out her College Hill residence since 2018 and is listed on the app as a superhost, which means she’s a highly-rated host.

Patricia Hileman, president of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, said a party put on by a renter in July at the Rotola residence resulted in several complaints, and a post on the app from Rotola alleged the cops were called on a renter that goes by the name of Cesar.

“(The neighbors) contacted me when it had been a few nights of people being loud enough to be obnoxious and not being neighborly,” Hileman said. “(The renters) were mean, honestly, to the neighbors that told them to quiet down.”

After neighbors of the house shared their concerns with her, Hileman said she is one of many people who went to the city asking questions about Airbnb-type rentals only to find that renting your house out through Airbnb can be in violation of some of Wichita’s zoning codes.

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