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.
Another round of votes were released Friday, narrowing the gap between yes and no on Measure T by 47 ‘Ayes’. The citizen generated measure calls for a ban of all vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe except for those in what is called the “tourist core.” The results of the election must be given to the California Secretary of State’s office within 30 days of the election, or December 7.
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.
Measure T, the South Lake Tahoe ballot measure that proposed a ban on all vacation rentals outside of the tourist core area starting in 2021 is a bit closer to passing. In the second incremental release of votes counted after Tuesday, November 6, the Yes on T vote is at 3265, with No on T counts at 3207 – less than one percent difference.