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South Lake Tahoe Poised To Ban Short-Term Vacation Rentals Like AirBnb

Karin Higgins / UC Davis
 

Karin Higgins / UC Davis

Update Dec. 7: South Lake Tahoe's Measure T won by only 58 votes, according to El Dorado County. It passed 3517 to 3459.

Voters in Lake Tahoe's only incorporated city narrowly passed a partial ban of short-term vacation rentals.

South Lake Tahoe's Measure T is currently leading by only 59 votes with very few ballots remaining to certify before Thursday’s deadline.

"The numbers will change, but probably by 10 or less” votes, according to Joseph Zitzelberger with El Dorado County Elections Department.

He says once the totals are finalized, even with such a slim margin, there are no automatic recounts. A third party would have to order and pay for that process.

Zitzelberger also says that, in the coming days, the department is doing manual tallies before certifying the results.

If uncontested, Measure T would allow for unlimited rentals in commercial zones, but partially ban them outside the tourist core. Permanent residents would still be able to rent out their homes for up to a month each year.

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