Letter — Form a board for rentals
February 10, 2003
I am an absentee landlord in South Lake Tahoe, and I rent my home near Heavenly to skiers and vacationers. Before owning in Tahoe, I was a vacation renter for many years.
I have been watching the feud between residents and rental agencies in the Tribune for the last several months, and I must say it seems to me that there is an easy resolution to the issue of short-term rentals in town.
Why not simply have a rental dispute resolution board set up through the City Council or the chamber of commerce. If a homeowner has a problem with a renter in their neighborhood they could go to an arbitration hearing. If it is found that the rental agency is not keeping units clean and controlling renters then they would be subject to losing their license to act as a rental agency.
While a system like this would need to be fine-tuned in order to protect everyone’s rights, it is clear that Lake Tahoe needs the revenue that renters bring to town, and full-time residents need to be able to have a quality of life that is not disturbed by out-of-control renters.
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