KENDALL, Fla. – The luxury home in Kendall that turned into a crime scene on Tuesday after two mysterious deaths had been flagged by code enforcement officers over violations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since June, Miami-Dade County code enforcement officers had issued a series of citations related to not following COVID-19 emergency orders pertaining to short-term rentals.
The citations at the home at 19330 SW 136 St. had triggered a three-strike rule that code compliance said puts the owner’s certificate of use in jeopardy of being revoked.
The rule, which is part of the measures Miami-Dade authorities are taking to keep coronavirus infections under control, also included a police watch order for five weeks over the Summer.
Property records show Michael P. Hanna is the owner of the home. He could not be reached for comment. Records show he is a licensed real estate broker with an active certificate of use to operate a short-term vacation rental at his home.
On Tuesday, there were advertisements for the home on several short-term rentals including Airbnb, which profiled the home as a “Lake House Villa” with 5 bedrooms. The profile had been removed by Wednesday.
David Martinez was among the neighbors who had complained about the home’s suspicious houseguests and disruptive parties. He said the short-term rental operation at the home had become a threat to the quiet family-friendly neighborhood.
As crime scene investigators gathered evidence in the home on Tuesday, Martinez said the situation was so dire that seeing a Crime Scene Investigation van there didn’t shock him.
“We knew something was going to happen,” Martinez said.
On Wednesday evening, the death investigations were still ongoing and the police department had not released any more information about the case.
Detectives were asking anyone with information about the death investigations to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
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