The Development Services Department is responsible for projects and programs consistent with the policies of the City’s General Plan Housing Element.
Affordable Rental Housing Projects
The development of multi-unit affordable housing projects have been assisted through grant funds which can be used in conjunction with other funding support that is obtained by the developer or partners of the project. Grant funding for these projects ensures that they remain as affordable housing projects and the rents that are charged are regulated according to the conditions imposed by the governmental body or agency issuing the grant. The City has assisted the development of the following housing projects.
- The Aspens at South Lake Tahoe – 47 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income households
- Evergreen Apartments – 26 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income households
- Kelly Ridge - 32 units of affordable senior housing for very low-income persons 62 years and older
- Sierra Garden Apartments – 75 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons
- Sky Forest Acres – 18-unit housing project for very low-income persons with disabilities
- Tahoe Pines Apartments - 28 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons
- Tahoe Senior Plaza – 44 units of senior housing for very low-income persons 62 years and older
- Tahoe Valley Townhomes – 70 units of family housing for low- and very low-income persons
The City of South Lake Tahoe has housing resources to assist you. In these pages you’ll find help for:
Information on the Sugar Pine Village Project.
State and Local COVID-19 Residential Eviction Moratorium
The state legislature enacted AB 3088, which was signed by the Governor and took effect on August 31, 2020. AB 3088 protects certain tenants suffering financial distress from COVID-19 from eviction for nonpayment of rent due between March 1, 2020, and January 30, 2021. Local eviction moratoria that were already in place, like the City of South Lake Tahoe’s Amended Emergency Order No. 3, are preserved. The state and local moratoria work together to protect tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. Key points from the state and city residential eviction moratorium are:
To obtain eviction protection under AB 3088, the tenant must respond to the landlord’s notice to pay rent with a declaration that the tenant must sign under penalty of perjury and return to the landlord within 15 days. No financial verification is required unless the landlord has proof that the tenant earns at least $100,000 or more than 130 percent of the county median income annually.
If the tenant provides the required declaration, then prior to February 1, 2021, a landlord cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of the full amount of rent that was due between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. A landlord can evict a tenant only if they had violated the lease prior to March 1, 2020.
If the tenant provides the required declaration, then prior to February 1, 2021, a landlord cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of a portion of the amount of rent that was due between October 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021. A tenant must pay 25 percent of the rent due between October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 to take advantage of this protection. This rent payment may be made up to January 31, 2021.
Under the City’s moratorium, beginning on September 30, 2020, a landlord may request unpaid rent that was due between March 19, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The tenant has 60 days to pay the rent due; however, under AB 3088, a landlord cannot get an unlawful detainer order from a court prior to February 1, 2021, if the tenant has provided the required declaration of financial distress due to COVID-19.
Landlords can initiate eviction actions beginning on October 5, 2020, for tenants who fail to return the required declaration in response to a notice to pay rent.
A landlord may still evict a tenant for reasons besides non-payment of rent due to financial distress from COVID-19. Neither the local or state eviction moratorium forgives unpaid rent, which a landlord may seek through small claims court after March 1, 2021.