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South Lake Tahoe issues $1,000 fines for vacation home rental ordinance violations

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The city of South Lake Tahoe issued a total of eight $1,000 fines for vacation home rental (VHR) ordinance violations over the Christmas holiday weekend.

On December 22, 2017, the City of South Lake Tahoe’s revised Vacation Home Rental Ordinance as directed and adopted by the City Council in November of 2017, went into effect.

Along with the new regulations, the City Council authorized additional VHR code enforcement officers and contracted with “Host Compliance,” a VHR monitoring company to assist with VHR enforcement.

The City Council of South Lake Tahoe adopted these regulations to help improve the quality of life for local residents impacted by VHRs.

During the first four days of the stricter enforcement laws, eight fines were issued to owners and renters. Four citations were issued for parking, two for exceeding occupancy, one for parking and noise combination and one for being an unpermitted VHR.

Most significant changes to the Vacation Home Rental regulations are:

  • The elimination of warnings to owners and guests
  • $1,000 minimum fine for any violation of the new VHR laws
  • Revocation of VHR permit after three citations within 24 month period
  • Prohibition of off-site parking by Vacation Home Rental guests (guests must park on paved surfaces in driveways or garages as limited by the VHR permit)
  • No excessive noise is allowed between the hours of 10pm and 8am
  • No new VHR permits issued outside the Tourist Core Area until the number of permits falls below the maximum allowable (1,400)
  • Bear boxes will be required for all VHRs by July 31, 2018

The VHR Enforcement “hotline” is (530) 542-7474.

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