Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world and for that reason, Lake Tahoe is also known as one of the most popular vacation destinations in North America. It comes as no surprise that short-term rental properties on AirBnB, VRBO, Home Away, etc. have gained in popularity here in the Lake Tahoe region. Whether you're a second home homebuyer, an investor, or just wanting to take some longer vacations and rent out your Lake Tahoe property on a short-term basis, these short-term rental restrictions will be extremely applicable to you and may change your perspective on buying a home in Lake Tahoe.
The short-term rental investment strategy has been rapidly gaining in popularity due to demand of rental income potential. Often times, short-term rental incomes can far exceed long-term rental incomes; especially in top travel destinations such as Lake Tahoe. For this reason, short-term rental properties in Lake Tahoe are one of the best choices for investors looking for reliable short-term rental cash flow.
However, due to many investors and second homeowners turning their properties into short-term rentals, impacts on the local residents and the local economies are starting to occur, both positively and negatively. Lake Tahoe and Truckee are comprised of two states and five different counties, and each of these counties have now enacted their own policy and legislation restricting or governing short-term rentals in some capacity or another.
In order of most lenient regulation to most strict regulation, I rank areas as:
Short-term rental properties in Lake Tahoe can create you and your family a supplemental income and even replace your income! However, if purchasing a short-term rental property in Lake Tahoe is something that you are considering, you need to be aware of local policy and legislation regarding these properties.
In this blog post below, I have outlined each of the five Lake Tahoe and Truckee counties and each of their latest policies and legislation surrounding short-term rental restrictions.
Incline Village is a very affluent incorporated district of Washoe County located along the northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe.
The Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) nor Washoe county have placed rental restrictions on properties in Incline Village. However, in order to operate a legal short term rental, there are rental regulations and a short term rental (STR) permit must be obtained from the county.
* Many home owner's associations (HOAs) have placed restrictions on properties within their communities on short term rentals.
(KINGS BEACH, TAHOE VISTA, CARNELIAN BAY, AGATE BAY, CEDAR FLAT, DOLLAR POINT, TAHOE CITY, PALISADES TAHOE)
On January 25, 2022, the Placer County Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance to repeal and replace the existing short-term rental ordinance, Chapter 9, Article 9.42 of the Placer County Code. The ordinance was adopted on February 8, 2022 and will take effect March 11, 2022.
The total number of short term rental permits has been capped at 3,900.
Registration for permits is currently open and will be granted in this order:
New STR permit applications, that are received prior to reaching a total cap inventory, will be processed on a first come first serve basis. When the total cap inventory is reached, any and all outstanding permit applications, will be placed on a waitlist.
The County will maintain the overall cap inventory as permits are not renewed or revoked and on a quarterly basis commencing on July 1, 2022 will open up the application process to those on the waitlist. Applications will be processed based on the date of receipt of the application, starting with the oldest date.
* Condo Hotels are exempt from these short term rental regulations - Contact Cole for a full list of Condo Hotel properties.
(GLENBROOK, ZEPHYR COVE, ROUND HILL, STATELINE, KINGSBURY - ALL DOUGLAS COUNTY, NV)
Douglas county has also instituted a 600 permit cap on STR permits within county limits, effective July 15, 2021. Any remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist The waitlist applications will be accepted on a first come - first serve basis during July 1 - 31 only.
Vacation Home Rentals are only allowed in the Tahoe Township area of Douglas County with a permit. Effective July 15, 2021, the owners of any property being advertised and/or operated as an un-permitted vacation home rental located anywhere within Douglas County is in violation Douglas County Code and the Nevada Revised Statutes shall be subject to a $20,000 civil penalty.
* In order to be granted a permit, a subject property will have to pass a fire safety inspection.
On Tuesday March 22, 2022, staff presented to Town Council the recommended Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance Amendments. The first ordinance reading was adopted unanimously by Town Council ushering forward the following ordinance modifications:
The second reading of the STR Ordinance will take place on April 12, 2022, and if adopted Ordinance 2022-02 will go into effect after thirty days, on May 12, 2022.
Vacation rentals permits in El Dorado County have been capped at 900 and all permits have currently been spoken for.
*Properties that have an active permit when a house changes ownership do not transfer. When the house sells, the permit becomes null and void.
* If you are looking to purchase a property in El Dorado County, please be sure to check the buffering map first. If it is in a 500 foot buffer zone of a permitted property, it is not eligible for a VHR permit.
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