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Tahoe Shores residents fight rent hike

Colin Hupp, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe Shores could become the most expensive mobile home park in Nevada next year when rent goes up to $597 per month. Residents are looking to Douglas County for help.

Bruce Williams, vice president of the Stateline Homeowners Association argued for rent justification at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

“The rent right now is $547, that was a $50 increase last year, and this is another $50 increase, now actually a $100 increase within a one year period, which again puts us at the highest in the state,” Williams said.

District Attorney Scott Doyle said rent control does not exist in the county and would be too expensive to research and initiate. However, the board could urge residents and the mobile home park owner to agree to arbitration, Doyle said.

Rents at other mobile home parks in the area range from $385 per month at Kingsbury Manor to $495 per month at Tahoe Verde.

“We think (the increase) is perfectly reasonable, given the current market and land values,” said owner Michael Gelfand from San Diego. Gelfand’s company, Terra Vista Management, operates six manufactured home parks in Nevada and California.

“Including this increase, we increased the rents less than 5 percent (overall) while real estate prices have soared, and this is for a property right on the lake,” Gelfand said.

Nevada has a manufactured housing rent subsidy program. Tahoe Shores residents could take advantage of the program if they experience hardship from the rate increase. However, the state program has specific income requirements and a waiting list, according to Renee Diamond, administrator for the state’s Division of Manufactured Housing.

“We have 50 to 100 people on the list who qualify for the program but for whom there isn’t enough funding,” she said. Funds for the program come directly from park owners, who pay $12 per site per year.

Residents of Tahoe Shores will meet with Gelfand on January 11, but he said the increase likely will stand.

“I’m going into the meeting with an open mind, but I’m also going in having done my homework and knowing the market,” Gelfand said.

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