The Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Monday that South Lake Tahoe’s beefed-up vacation home rental law was supposed to help prevent noise violations, obnoxious partying and bad actors from disturbing the city’s residential neighborhoods.
Three months since the updated ordinance went into effect, however, the law has primarily turned into a tool for doling out $2,000 parking tickets against non-disorderly visitors who rent houses through online sites such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner, a Reno Gazette Journal investigation found.
Described as the strictest ordinance in the Lake Tahoe basin for vacation home rentals, South Lake Tahoe’s updated law added caps and steep fines in response to community concerns about the explosive growth seen in tourists using residential homes for lodging. One avid traveler from the Bay Area called the ordinance “absurd” and “arbitrary” after renting a home in the city earlier this year.
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