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North Tahoe vacation homes unlikely to get more regulation

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

Jim Grant / Sun News Service File PhotoVacation rental regulations are soon to be enforced in South Lake Tahoe, but North Tahoe and Truckee jurisdications say the short-term rentals have not been as much of an issue on the north end of the lake.

With changes to South Lake Tahoe’s regulations on vacation home rentals set to take effect Nov. 1, local Realtors do not expect similar restrictions making their way to North Tahoe and Truckee.

In less than a month, owners of vacation homes in El Dorado County will be required to post signs outside their properties that state a maximum number of occupants and vehicles allowed on the premises. The contact information of local authorities will also be posted on the sign, giving disgruntled neighbors a direct line to complain about disruptive renters.

“I can’t imagine if they tried doing that here,” says Nicole Misfeldt of Lake Tahoe Deluxe Vacation Rentals. “It’s not that big of a deal in Placer County; the people are usually pretty respectful.”

Unlike El Dorado County, the maximum number of occupants in a Placer County vacation home is up to the owner’s discretion. While this information is not required to be submitted and posted outside, most renters leave binders inside the house that include important contact information, the rental permit and reminders to be respectful to neighbors.

“It is a complaint-based issue,” says John Falk, legislative advocate for the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, “and we aren’t seeing the level of complaints on the North Shore. Whatever we do is working.”

In addition to the signs posted outside South Lake Tahoe rental homes, a new community service officer will be hired to respond to complaints, a position funded by an increase in permit fees for those who rent their homes.

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“All he is going to talk to is angry neighbors,” says Misfeldt, “It’s kind of a Big Brother thing they’re trying to do.”

Citing South Lake Tahoe’s younger population density and proximity to casinos as reasons for the changes in rental policies, local Realtors do not expect similar restrictions on the north and west shores of Tahoe.

“It has been a long standing problem confined to the South Shore,” says Falk. “It has a different population mix.”

“They’re a younger class of people,” says Misfeldt. “It’s the casino element and the ‘stay up all night’ element that attracts the young crowds.”

While Realtors are not perfectly happy with Placer County’s rental home regulations, mainly the 10 percent cleaning fee recently added to the existing 10 percent Transient Occupancy Tax, they do not see the need for such restrictions as those in El Dorado County.

Between having owners and property managers that are prepared to deal with their vacation rentals and enforcing the laws already on the books, Falk says there will continue to be “no active discussion” in regard to South Lake Tahoe’s vacation rental regulations being an issue in Truckee and North Tahoe.