Letter — Vacation rules hurt me, your economy
I have recently been advised concerning TRPA’s wish to ban the use of single family homes as vacation rentals and I wish to share my personal concerns with you.
I am a recent widow who moved from Lake Tahoe. I use my home in the Keys as a primary source of my income. It would cause me great financial harm if I were not allowed to use my home as a vacation rental. I have strict use of property rules in my contracts. I have paid the South Lake Tahoe transient occupancy tax since I first started renting it. I believe that I am a typical vacation homeowner and that the majority of owners are equally responsible.
I understand that you do not have an objection to my renting my home out for periods of one year, six months or even one month. I fail to see how renting it for a week at a time would cause more of an environmental impact than for one to six months. In fact my home is vacant for much of the year, which means there is actually less of an environmental impact.
In addition as a vacation homeowner, I need to keep my property in excellent condition both inside and out which helps the neighborhood and South Lake Tahoe as a whole.
I beg you to reconsider your position and not penalize people who are actually helping the economy of the lake.