Letter — The flipside of vacation rental oweners’ rights
I have observed the clash over Tourist Accommodations Units with great interest. Several thoughts have occurred to me:
If city and county elected officials had done their jobs and protected residents’ peaceful enjoyment of their homes by enforcing zoning and city and county ordinances, TRPA wouldn’t have had to step in. Thank you TRPA!
Vacation rentals are mentioned in TRPA documents. They are referred to (more accurately) as Tourist Accommodation Units.
Most of our plan area statements (PAS) in Tahoe do not allow TAUs. You can call TRPA and ask about your neighborhood. Property managers do not want to use the term TAU because it sounds too much like the truth — investors filling our neighborhoods with tourists who rent a home anywhere from one night to several nights.
While managers and elected officials cry out on issues of private property rights, they all forget to mention the flip side of that coin: responsibilities. I own some rentals. I am required by law to assure that my tenants do not disturb neighbors. I have never heard the vacation rental folks mention their responsibilities. In fact, they opposed the ordinance that is to protect us from illegal activities in our neighborhoods. Do they think they should be exempt from these legal responsibilities? No wonder locals are nervous about how these folks plan to exercise their “rights.”