Second-home owners in South Lake Tahoe unable to visit their property because of California’s stay-at-home order claim the ban infringes on their rights as property owners and are fighting the ban and the $1,000 fine for violating it, reports KCRA.
The city implemented the ban after seeing tourist numbers and short-term rentals increase to record-highs in the aftermath of Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order in March.
Homeowners want to be able to come up and maintain their homes. It’s not about vacationing. Yet law enforcement says it’s still a clear violation of the Governor’s orders and that everyone should remain in their primary residence.
“If you live in San Francisco but own a second home up here, your primary residence is San Francisco, that’s where you’re supposed to stay at and shelter in place.”
– South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Shannon Laney
Understandably, city officials and permanent residents point to their limited resources, a small hospital, and their zero coronavirus death count as important reasons to keep nonessential visitors, even homeowners, away.
The police department has said they will allow exceptions, including for home repairs, which they will decide on a case-by-case basis. What they don’t want is people sticking around. Do what you need to, then return to your primary residence.
El Dorado County, CA has seen only 47 cases of coronavirus as of May 4th, 2020, and zero deaths.
Full Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe