Planning to spend this upcoming holiday weekend in Tahoe? Don’t let your happy New Year become a costly one. The City of South Lake Tahoe is enforcing ordinances and issuing fines for violations by vacation renters.
South Lake Tahoe’s new Vacation Rental Ordinance tightens reigns on rules of the past to encourage visitors staying in the area to be good neighbors to those lucky enough to call Tahoe a home all year long. One of the main reasons renters should be enticed to be on their best behavior is there will no longer be warnings issued for complaints on a violation, instead a $1000 minimum fine will be issued for: noise, illegal parking, too many vehicles, trash, or exceeding occupancy at a home.
We want to help enable visitors staying in our homes to have a safe and fun vacation, without breaking the bank on the way out of town. Fortunately, the City rules are very clear and easy to comply with.
Follow these simple rules to avoid fines:
- Never exceed maximum occupancy at any time day or night.
- Do not park in the street at any time, even for unloading. Only park in the driveway or garage (if provided) and do not exceed the maximum number of vehicles permitted at any time.
- No noise may be heard outside the home between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
- If a hot tub is provided, it may not be used between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
- Never leave trash outside unless it is in a Bear Box.
- Camping or sleeping outside is prohibited.
The City has hired 6 full-time enforcement officers whose sole job is to patrol vacation rentals for violations, and they are enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Over the Christmas holiday weekend, the City issued eight $1000 fines for violations including more cars than permitted, more people than permitted, and excessive noise.
Please help us to respect the year-round neighbors of Tahoe while still getting a chance to share the beauty of Lake Tahoe to admirers from near and far.
If you’d like more information on how to be a good traveling neighbor, check out this helpful video:
To read the full ordinance, click here.
For more information on the City of South Lake Tahoe, click here.