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Truckee-area HOA considering short-term rental limits

Amanda Rhoades
arhoades@sierrasun.com
A sign for the Glenshire Devonshire community located on Glenshire Drive, east of downtown Truckee. The community has about 1350 homes according to the Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association webpage.
Amanda Rhoades / Sierra Sun |

Short-term rental use is on the rise in Tahoe-Truckee, but that may not be the case for long in at least one local neighborhood.

The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is considering adopting regulations that would limit the use of short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO by property owners within its jurisdiction.

Association General Manager Dan Warren said the board initially considered restricting short-term rentals to one bedroom in a home, which would only be allowed as long as the property owners were also home at the time. The initial proposal also required that short-term stays be for no less than one month.

“When the rule change was first sent out we had an overwhelming positive response,” Warren said in an email.

But that didn’t last.

He said that when it came time for the board to vote on the policy change, a number of people showed up to voice their opposition.

Despite some concerns from residents about the problems short-term rental properties bring to their community, like noise, traffic and garbage, other residents wanted to protect their ability to earn extra income by renting their homes to short-term visitors.

Warren said it was important to the association to hear everyone’s concerns, so they’re trying to figure out a compromise. What that looks like has yet to be determined.

He said at this point the board would be looking to form a committee at its Aug. 9 meeting that will focus on the issue.

According to the committee charter, “The purpose of the committee is to provide strategic planning, adopt and support a policy and possibly a new rule ‘to protect, enhance and maintain the single family residential atmosphere which exists within the properties.’”

State law mandates that any new rental restrictions only apply to home purchases that occur after the restrictions are put into place; so current property owners would not be subject to any new regulations.


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