Service will match evacuees with available rental homes |

Service will match evacuees with available rental homes

Susan Wood

As it turns out, second homeowners have an ideal opportunity to give back to the South Lake Tahoe community.

Business leaders are establishing a database of available housing rentals to help evacuees find a place to go until they’re able to rebuild following the aftermath of the Angora fire.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce has asked the South Lake Tahoe Board of Realtors for a list of homes able to provide shelter for at least a portion of the 3,000 people forced to evacuate as a result of the fire.

“We want to help put up these families,” said the board’s Sharon Kerrigan.

Dana Kreitter, who lives in the Bay Area but owns a vacation home off South Upper Truckee Road, has agreed to rent out his home on a long-term basis at the urging of South Shore real estate agent Larry Sabo.

“I was interested in doing this and helping people in the brunt of this tragedy,” he said. “People in need are in great need.”

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Kreitter couldn’t say whether he would reduce the rent because he was just approached and needs time to establish a rate.

“I know I want to do it,” he said.

Chamber Executive Director Betty “B” Gorman said her business organization wants to post the houses on the chamber’s Web site. Part-time residents — who can make their houses available — comprise 70 percent of the homeowners in South Lake Tahoe.

She added that the Tahoe Douglas Rotarians are also compiling a list of short-term rentals.

Gorman would like the rental rates to be lower for the evacuees, a suggestion not lost on Alpine Rentals Bobbi Cole’s efforts.

Cole has arranged for a fire evacuee to move in to one of her 250 properties on Monday – one of six she’s placed. She lowered the rent by $150 a month.