El Dorado County recently announced that any vacation home rental found to be operating without a permit will not be permitted to obtain a permit until all past due transient occupancy taxes, penalties and interest are paid in full and will be precluded from applying for a vacation home rental permit or from being added to the waiting list for a one year period.
Renewals of existing permitted vacation home rentals in the Tahoe Basin, for which a vacation rental permit was granted based on an application submitted on or before November 1, 2020, shall not be limited based on the cap requirements.
An application to renew a permit for a vacation rental shall be submitted no sooner than 180 days before the expiration date of the existing permit, and no later than the date of expiration of that permit. Upon receipt of a complete application, the expiration of the existing permit shall be stayed until final action is taken on the renewal application.
Children five years of age or younger are not counted towards the occupancy limits. Occupancy may be lowered pursuant to the outcome of the fire and life safety inspection.
A bedroom shall only be recognized as such for purposes of this ordinance if it has been approved and inspected by the Building Official, and can be verified by
reference to the Assessor’s office.
South Lake Tahoe staff will use discretion in enforcing the new maximum occupancy limits for previous short term rental reservations. The new requirement limits occupancy to two people per bedroom with a maximum of 12 people total. Responsible guests who do not violate other VHR regulations by causing neighborhood disturbances will get a pass for now. City staff will continue this enforcement approach on a trial basis in the coming weeks and will adjust the enforcement strategy as needed in the future.
Now that Measure T has passed, where can you purchase a home for short term rental possibilities? Besides the Douglas County, NV Tahoe region you also have the El Dorado county area of Lake Tahoe. Within the South Lake Tahoe city limits you have the Lakeland Village condominium-hotel community and the Stateline area near downtown too.
Regarding short term vacation rentals at South Lake Tahoe, 3459 voters voted against the measure, 3517 voted for it, a difference of 58. Out of those who voted on the whole ballot, 148 voters didn’t vote either way (or voted both yes and no) on Measure T. Those with permits outside of the Tourist Core (Stateline area/Lakeland Village) will have their permits expire in 3 years or when their property sales – whichever is sooner.
A ballot Measure banning all vacation home rentals in South Lake Tahoe residential areas appears on its way to passing. The tally on Measure T stands at 3,517 “yes” votes (50.42 percent) and 3,458 “no” votes (49.58 percent).
Douglas County hired Host Compliance to understand the impact of short term rentals on the community. I attended the County Commissioners meeting on Thursday and the District Attorney’s office was also there to gather information from the Commissioners on how to proceed. A recent short term rental survey was found to have loop holes offering unlimited voting. There was no way to restrict votes from anywhere for that matter. Short term rental issues will not be addressed further until more information is gathered and our new Commissioners sworn in.