South Lake Tahoe, CA- City Council met earlier today to discuss the January 24 preliminary injunction hearing on Measure T. Measure T, a citizen-initiated ballot measure, was approved by the voters in November and places additional restrictions on vacation home rentals (VHRs), including reduced maximum occupancy limits, a prohibition on the issuance of new VHR permits in residential areas, and the phase-out of VHR permits in residential areas by 2021. South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group filed a lawsuit in late December, and on December 24 the court issued a temporary restraining order to delay the implementation of new maximum occupancy limits only. The hearing on January 24 could potentially block the full implementation of Measure T until the court decides the merits of the case. No trial date has been set.
City Council respects the will of the voters of South Lake Tahoe and supports the continued implementation of Measure T’s provisions that prohibit new VHRs in residential areas and the phase-out of VHR permits in residential areas while the case proceeds through the legal system. Noting the impact on previous visitor reservations, the City Council expressed its support for a continued delay in the implementation of new maximum occupancy limits while the case is pending. Importantly, City Council also expressed its desire for the City to work toward a future compromise on the VHR issue, involving stakeholders on both sides of Measure T, in an effort to bring our community together. The City will be encouraging this effort as part of the upcoming legal process and through continued efforts by City Council and City staff to identify future compromise.
The City of South Lake Tahoe will provide additional guidance to our residents, property owners, and visitors as this case proceeds.
To view a copy of Measure T, please click HERE. To view a copy of the lawsuit filed by South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group, click HERE.