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In an effort to deal with the long-term rental crisis in the Tahoe-Truckee region, Real Rentals provides practical information to individual renters and to the community at-large on topics involving rentals, such as: helping renters develop the skills to find a place to live, keep that place once they move in, deal with the legal issues related to tenancy, etc. In addition, for the community at large, the column will also focus on publicizing innovative solutions to the long term housing market in the region. Each edition will include a bit of policy information or current rental “news” as well as a response/practical solution to it.

Where Have All the Neighborhoods Gone?

Where have all the neighborhoods gone? In this month’s Real Rentals column, regular contributor and longtime Tahoe local Tim Hauserman reflects on the impact of short-term rentals on the sense of community he feels on his street.

Long-Term Issues

STRs aren’t all to blame for the lack of affordable long-term rental housing in the region. Meet a local property owner whose efforts to offer long-term housing have been stifled by permitting woes.

Lack of Eviction

The pandemic-related eviction moratorium expired Sept. 30. Writer Tim Hauserman explores how the moratorium affected renters in Tahoe/Truckee

Trouble in ADU Territory


How hard can it be to create little accessory dwelling units? Apparently very, very hard.

Short-Term Renters Driving You Crazy? Here is What You Can Do

That loud STR driving you batty? Here’s what the rules are and whom you can call to fix the problem.

Statewide Rent Control Measure Impacts Relatively Few Tahoe/Truckee Rentals

The state is taking a heavier hand in controlling what landlords can charge for rent, although Truckee officials say relatively few local rentals will be affected and not everyone thinks the law actually benefits renters.


Can renters get insurance if a homeowner can’t? While homeowners and renters insurance are mutually exclusive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that renters insurance is available in your neighborhood.

Yes, Renter, You Do Need Insurance!

Antifreeze helps your car’s fluids from freezing … does it work for your household pipes, too?

Economics of Rental Housing

After Nicole Reitter’s opinion piece about the perils of being a landlord got a lot of traction on social media, Tim Hauserman delves deeper into the true costs of home ownership.