2 Lake Tahoe Counties and City of Truckee Seek Airbnb Ban During Stay-at-Home Order

Some Tahoe and Truckee officials want to crack down on visitors flooding the California vacation destination during a stay-at-home order designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Representatives from El Dorado and Placer Counties and the City of Truckee sent a letter to Airbnb posted on SouthTahoeNow calling on the vacation rental website to help stop short-term rentals when a state mandate bans travel.

They are asking for a rental ban on the California side of the lake until at least Jan. 1, when the order could be lifted if ICU capacity is 15% or more.

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced the regional stay-at-home order in Early December to prevent local health systems from collapsing under the weight of skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers.

It divides the state into five major regions and limits those with less than 15% ICU bed capacity. Once enacted, the ordinance is effective for three weeks, but can be extended.

Tahoe is part of the Greater Sacramento area which fell under the order the December 10.

order bans hotels and “any accommodation entity” to accept bookings from anyone except essential workers such as doctors and nurses, but vacation rentals continue to operate due to lack of enforcement .

The letter — signed by Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson, El Dorado Supervisor Sue Novasel and Truckee City Manager Jen Callaway — asks Airbnb to notify owners and guests of the state’s mandate. and to cancel reservations in violation of the order.

It calls on the rental website to “work with owners to allow full refunds or rebookings so customers can return to our area when it’s safe.”

Placer County and the City of Truckee are exploring ways to penalize short-term rental operators who rent out their properties in violation of the ordinance, according to the letter.

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