The Mountain Housing Council’s analysis of the short-term rental market has not been publicly released yet, but it is already getting attention from major publications.

The San Francisco Chronicle is the latest media organization to delve into the topic of short-term rentals and report on the Mountain Housing Council’s deep-dive research in North Tahoe-Truckee. The article, entitled “Lake Tahoe houses sit vacant while locals struggle to find affordable housing,” was penned by Tahoe-based writer Dave Zook and published Feb. 8.

The story uses data compiled and analyzed by the Mountain Housing Council while looking at the short-term rental issue on both the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe. The data comes from the Mountain Housing Council’s soon-to-be-released “Short-Term Rentals in the North Tahoe-Truckee Region” — an approximately 50-page examination of the issue. The council spent nearly a year compiling, analyzing, and researching the intricacies of the short-term rental market and its effect on the overall housing market in the region.

Several Mountain Housing Council partners are quoted in the article, including Truckee Town Manager Jeff Loux, Truckee Mayor David Tirman and Placer County Deputy CEO Jennifer Merchant. Loux, Tirman and Merchant add thoughtful perspective on what local governments are currently doing about the issue, and how it may be addressed in the future. Mountain Housing Council Project Director Seana Doherty and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation CEO Stacy Caldwell discuss how the information in the council’s report can be used to guide data-driven decisions.

The Mountain Housing Council’s work gives policymakers, community members, and the media a solid basis of information about the current short-term and long-term rental market in the region, what is currently being done in the area, what other communities are doing and potential ways to move forward.

The Mountain Housing Council expects to release the full report in late February at

The entire San Francisco Chronicle article can be read here.

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