Nevada officials are reportedly conducting an active investigation into the vacation rental of a $18 million Lake Tahoe mansion by former Vice President Joe Biden.
The investigation is aimed at determining whether any legalities were violated with this rental agreement.
“The First Family is renting the home for fair market value,” the statement said.
Residents of Douglas County, Nevada have raised concerns and initiated an investigation into whether or not Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer had been renting a local home without registering it as a vacation rental.
The implications of such a violation remain to be seen.
“Several inquiries have been received on this address. We cannot comment further as we are actively investigating any Douglas County Nevada code violations on this rental,” said Douglas County head of code enforcement Ernie Strehlow in an email to the Nevada Globe.
Douglas County has established strict regulations on vacation rental homes. Any individuals found in violation of the policy, which requires a valid permit to rent a house, can be subject to a hefty fine of up to $20,000.
This serves as an important reminder for all potential renters to ensure they adhere to the rules and regulations set by the county government.
The owners of any property being advertised and/or operated as an unpermitted vacation home rental located anywhere within Douglas County in violation Douglas County Code and the Nevada Revised Statutes may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $20,000.
The Record-Courier, the local newspaper in Douglas County, reported on Monday that Strehlow had confirmed that Steyer does not possess the necessary permit to legally rent the home.
“I do not know details until we investigate the terms of the rental,” Strehlow told the newspaper. “We treat it as any other complaint on illegal renting we receive from the public.”
As the newspaper noted, the investigation into an improper rental will come down to the agreement between Biden and Steyer and whether money actually exchanged hands.