To preserve and protect the quiet residential nature of the Tahoe Donner community and address issues related to short-term rentals including over-crowding of homes and parking, the board of directors has approved new Short-Term Rental (STR) rules for all Tahoe Donner homeowners who short-term rent their property. The resolution and rules were passed on October 27, 2018 with an effective date of January 1, 2019.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW RULES INCLUDE:
- All STR property owners are required to register with Tahoe Donner within 60-days from Jan 1, 2019.
- After the effective date of January 1, 2019, property owners who commence a new short-term rental program are required to register within 30-days.
- Registration for your STR property is FREE.
- All STR owners must provide a real-time contact for the property.
- If a nuisance complaint is made, owners or designated person must contact TDA within a 45-minute window.
- All owners, renters and vacation renters must comply with Tahoe Donner Covenants Rules. Owners must provide complete Covenants Rules and other documentation to STR renters and should obtain a signed Renter Rule Acknowledgement Form. To access the required documents, visit STR documents + tools.
- STR residences must follow occupancy rules of no more than 2 people per bedroom plus 4 additional people total (children under the age of 7 are excluded from the occupancy count).
- The number of parked vehicles shall not exceed spaces available in garages and on the driveway of the property.
- Fines will be issued for violations of these STR rules or any other association rules after notice and hearing.
- All STRs are required to register with the Town of Truckee for the Transient Occupancy Tax.
Note: Short-term rentals ("STRs") are defined as residential properties in the Tahoe Donner development that are offered for rent or lease for less than thirty-one (31) continuous nights.
- SEPTEMBER 2017:STR/Amenity Task Force is created by the board of directors after receiving feedback from members about concerns related to STRs and overcrowding of private amenities.
- OCTOBER 2017: Tahoe Donner recruits members to sit on task force, including 40 members and six leaders representing both on- and off-hill residents as well as members who rent their homes and those who do not.
- NOVEMBER 2017: Task force identifies primary nuisance problems experienced within Tahoe Donner community.
- DECEMBER 2017: Board reviews and approves list of nuances and recommendations to publish education stories, which are turned into a reoccurring monthly visual reminder of rules in TD News. A variation of this can be found on page 14 of this. issue, although additional rules are rotated through based on seasonality.
- JANUARY 2018: Management implements push for further education on how to make a complaint, as well as additional hours of staffed compliance hotline and simplified complaint process.
- FEBRUARY 2018: Task force does extensive research of how other communities are managing identified nuances and “traffic” related to STRs.
- APRIL 2018: Task force presents formal recommendations to board for review.
- MAY 2018: Recommendations reviewed by staff and legal counsel. Preparation of draft rules completed.
- JUNE 2018: Task force writes two-page update story for TD News. Board reviews draft proposed rules and approves 45-Day Notice.
- JULY 2018: 45-Day Notice of proposed rules is published in TD News requesting that members review the rules and provide feedback during the 45-day period. 45-Day Notice posted on website and Nextdoor.
- AUGUST 2018: Member comments were heard at the August 24, 2018 meeting and rules were further discussed resulting in an extension of comment period through October 27, 2018.
- SEPTEMBER 22, 2018: The BOD discussed member comments and rules at the Sept 22 BOD meeting.
- OCTOBER 27, 2018: STR Rules were approved.
- NOVEMBER 2018:All members were mailed a copy of the newly approved STR rules. Ongoing communications to all members on new rules, key dates and registration information.
- JANUARY 1, 2019: Registration opens.
- MARCH, 2019: Enforcement period begins. All current STR owners must be registered to avoid fines. New STR owners must register within a 30-day time period.