Tahoe Shores owners to go before commission
Although there has been some movement in settling a rift over rent increases for Lake Tahoe mobile home residents, commissioners have opted to hear the owners’ side at their Thursday meeting.
Douglas County Commission Chairman Don Miner said representatives of the owners of the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park have been invited to give a rebuttal to those residents who appealed to commissioners for an emergency ordinance to stop rent increases at the Sept. 19 meeting.
At that time, commissioners agreed to prepare a rent control ordinance for the lake area and meet with owners to stop rising rents, or to reduce rents back to July levels. The first reading of that ordinance is expected at the Oct. 17 meeting.
Members of the Stateline Homeowners Association Inc., made a similar request last December that was rejected.
Association members said rent increases at the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park have increased an average of 8 percent per year. The association claims the park’s owners, which include South Shore Capital in Incline Village, implemented a lease agreement which takes effect Nov. 1 amounting to an 18 to 27 percent increase in rents next year.
A partnership of at least three Nevada, California and Minneapolis companies bought the 20-acre park for $12.6 million in February 2002.
Lou Feldman of Feldman & Shaw, attorney for the owners, said under Nevada law, the owners could simply close the park with six months notice, but have opted not to do that.
“In fairness to the residents, they should be looking for alternatives,” said Feldman. “We would love for them to stay there are long as (the owners) stay in the business (of running a mobile home park.)”
But he said, while no plans have been “embraced,” owners are “exploring development options.”
“Redevelopment is in the not too distant future,” said Feldman. “Our objective is to deal in good faith and deal with the occupants fairly.”
Bruce Williams, president of the Stateline Association, said he doesn’t trust Feldman’s promises.
“Now do we believe him?” Williams asked. “We had a meeting with the previous owner who now is the manager, and he laughs in our face. He says there will be no negotiations.
“And I’ve known lawyers. Lawyers are paid to lie. What he says is good for the time being, but lawyers lie.”
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