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Welcome to your December
2015 Real Estate Report



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We now have some direct experience with the South Lake Tahoe VHR ordinance which became effective on October 1, 2015.

There have been approximately 10 applications received and approved. Nine of the 10 were approved without objection by neighboring property owners. One of the 10 was protested, and last Tuesday the Zoning Administrator heard the new VHR owners presentation, and the neighbor's objections at the scheduled public hearing.

The new VHR applicant/owner came extremely well prepared with a power point presentation outlining the family's plans for renting, monitoring and responding to complaints if any are received.

The neighbor had valid concerns regarding the potential noise and parking issues, however, the concerns were general in nature and this particular property had no previous vacation rental use.

The Zoning Administrator (ZA) listened to both sides carefully and thoughtfully asking pertinent questions of both parties. In the end, the ZA approved the permit and thanked both parties for their input and presentations.

I attended this December 2 hearing to listen first hand to the process and the ZA's questions, comments and decision. In this case the ZA conducted the meeting professionally and thoroughly before rendering a decision. Those in attendance agreed that the hearing was fair and unbiased, and lacking specific and documented issues, VHR permit applications are likely to be approved.

There were two other VHR permit applications on the agenda with protests, however, both objections were withdrawn after the VHR applicant and the neighbor engaged in personal conversations which evidently satisfied the neighbors of the VHR owner's good intentions and careful guest selection.

In summary, from the first 10 or so actual experiences we can, 1) conclude that the majority of VHR permits will be approved without objection, and, 2) controversy might be avoided with VHR applicants contacting neighbors directly to openly discuss plans and policies for operating a vacation home rental.

And finally, from what we know, these applications were approved within the 30 day prescribed timeline. Also, neighbors have until three days before the next scheduled hearing date (every Wednesday at 2pm) to lodge an objection. This is contrary to original reports of only 10 days to protest.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season and 2016!

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