To the community,
In recent years much has been written about the battle locals are waging against VHRs that destroy the peace of their neighborhoods. Although I have read most of what has been written, the following is a perspective I have not seen.
As an owner of long term rentals, I know if there is a problem at our property that, ultimately, the buck stops with me. Not with my property manager, but with me.
California Civil Code guarantees residents the right to the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their homes. Several recent lawsuits have been settled in favor of citizens who have had the peace of their homes destroyed by a nearby party house or other disruption.
It seems that locals here who have lost their quiet homes because VHRs have taken over their neighborhoods, could consider this alternative to complaining endlessly to the rental agencies:
- Carefully document with video and photos the disruptions you endure.
- Call law enforcement and document that too.
- Buy a book on small claims court procedure so you know the proper steps to take to make a complaint.
- Learn who owns the VHR that is a problem by calling the Tax Assessors Office.
- File your complaint. There are no attorneys in small claims court so you don’t need to worry about the costs of a regular lawsuit. You can be awarded up to $10,000 for your damages including the stress and suffering you have endured.These complaints are being seem more and more in small claims court. You won’t be alone.
Perhaps if we hold responsible the owners of the properties that have invaded our neighborhoods, we will see a more serious effort to uphold California law and allow locals to enjoy their homes quietly, peacefully and lawfully.
It’s time for VHR owners to stop hiding behind their management companies.
Carla Ennis, Tahoe Paradise