Letter — Nazi comment out of line
February 3, 2003
I am writing in reference to the vacation home vs full-time resident situation that is being addressed here in South Lake Tahoe. Local property manager Jim Morris was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 26, saying, “A real problem is the greying of Lake Tahoe. You’re seeing retirees move up here who are less tolerant. I call them neighborhood Nazis.” Comments and attitudes like this by a property manager exacerbate and define the problem that local homeowners face.
My husband and I have lived next to a vacation rental for 16 years. In those years we have picked up a never-ending steam of trash, rescued a baby from a truck that a renter overturned, loaned our phone to renters who couldn’t find the key that was supposed to be available, taken people who were snowed in without a four wheel drive to the grocery store, etc. We have also called the police several times when we were threatened or felt that our rights as property owners were being abused. Would Jim Morris like to have a bus unloading two kegs of beer and 24 young people next door to his home at 1 a.m. This rental, by the way, is a two-bedroom. Would Jim Morris like to pick up trash for 16 years? Where is the property manager when the renters leave? He is out depositing his money not cleaning up the property.
I contend that if property managers actually managed property, actually examined the rental from time to time, actually knew how many people were going to be in a rental party and actually informed renters of their rights and responsibilities, we would not have the problems with vacation rentals that we are addressing in Tahoe today. It is time that property managers like Jim Morris quit trying to blame the residents for choosing to sand up for their rights. Wanting to live in a clean, safe, neighborhood environment that we have worked very hard to achieve, does not make us old, intolerant or Nazis.
South Lake Tahoe