Housing + Rentals

Housing + Rentals

Housing Situation


Supporting the needs of residents and visitors is a challenge in the Tahoe Truckee area. The economics of a visitor economy have a heavy impact on residents, particularly in the area of housing.

The “Housing for the People” series sheds light on the Tahoe/Truckee housing crisis, with an eye toward solutions.

Elevate Tahoe identified that affordable housing was a concern in North Tahoe. In 2015 they announced that "Housing for the People" would be their next focus, creating awareness and starting the conversation about how to improve the housing situation. Elevate Tahoe found that more than 60% of residents spend 30% or more of their salaries for rent or mortgage payments and that short-term rentals were having an impact on affordable long-term housing for residents.

To help address this problem, the Town of Truckee participated in a Regional Housing Study. The findings of the study highlight housing issues that are impacting local businesses and community members:

  • Only 40% of Truckee-North Tahoe’s workforce lives in the region, 60% commuting from outside the area.  These commuters include resorts workers, construction workers, teachers, firefighters and police.
  • 50% of the people who live here do not work here, commuting outside the area for work.
  • Across the region, 65% of the homes are vacant, most of them for seasonal or occasional use.  The remaining 35% of the housing stock is insufficient for the housing needs of the community’s workforce primarily due to age, size, affordability and availability.
  • Significant challenges persist in programs and policies designed to meet the housing needs of residents.

These issues create a fast-moving, competitive sales and rental market, overcrowding, loss of residents to other communities, and increased response time for public services, among others.

TTCRThe Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) recently completed a comprehensive 2016 Regional Housing Study. The breadth of the study includes an assessment of current workforce and tourism trends, the housing market, housing policies, and assistance programs. The study shares case studies of sister mountain destination communities, local upcoming housing proposals, and future workforce demand estimates. bae urban economics completes the study with suggestions of program and policy solutions that could help the North Tahoe region solve our complex housing needs. 

Based on these studies, TTCF and other community leaders identified these next steps: 

  • Develop a Regional Workforce Housing Action plan, including housing production targets, housing mitigation regulations and requirements, housing development standard, incentives, housing assistance program, deed restrictions, workforce housing enforcement, and housing rehabilitation and preservation.
  • Establish a Regional Housing Council as a public and private partnership that would obtain financial and partner commitments for ongoing support, identify an entity to act as a fiscal agent, and provide advocacy and education.
  • Investigate Public Land Utilization opportunities


Where Can Someone Go for Help with Housing Issues?

Family Resource Center of Truckee
11695 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: (530) 587-2513

Nevada County Health and Human Services
10075 Levon Ave # 207, Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: (530) 582-7803

Placer County Health and Human Services
5225 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
Phone: (530) 546-1900

Housing Resource List for Truckee-North Lake Tahoe

Nevada County Resources

Placer County Resources

Town of Truckee Resources

Rental Assistance

Nevada & Placer County

Housing Choice Voucher
HUD rental voucher for very low- and low-income households.

Nevada County

HOME Rental Assistance
One-time renter security deposit assistance for households earning less than 80% of median family income.

First Time Homebuyer Truckee

BEGIN Reuse Program
A first time homebuyer revolving loan fund for households earning 80%-16% of median family income.

CalHOME Reuse Program
A first time homebuyer revolving loan fund for households earning less than 80% of median family income.

Lease to Own

Nevada County
Lease-to-Own Program (Regional Housing Authority). Partnered with Applied Residential Inc. on a lease-to-own program.

Down Payment Assistance

Placer County

CRHMFA Homebuyers Fund 
Down payment grant of up to 5% of home purchase price.

Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program
Down payment assistance program

Housing Trust Fund
Provides matching funds for grant applications.

Nevada County

Down Payment Assistance
Low interest second loans to qualifying first time buyers.

Housing Rehabilitation

Placer County

Housing Rehabilitation Loans
Small grants and loans to low-income (under 80% median family income)  homeowners for repairs.

Nevada County

Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Grants
Grants for weatherization and energy efficiency; energy crisis intervention and utility assistance.

Apartments + Rentals

Apartments, Property Managers, Mobile Home Parks

Search Results
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Donner Lake Realty, Inc.
Personal service for Donner Lake vacation rentals since 1973.
15963 South Shore Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
Tahoe Getaways
Local, professional, and upscale vacation rentals and property management services.
10010 Church Street
Truckee, CA 96161
Resort Timeshares in Olympic Valley
Resort Timeshares in Olympic Valley offers an online marketplace of timeshare condos at resort brands available by owner and priced well below resort costs.
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
10100 Estates Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
Tahoe Truckee Vacation Properties
Tahoe Truckee Vacation Properties can help you find the perfect vacation home to enjoy all that the Tahoe Truckee area has to offer. We specialize in vacation rentals, ski leases, long term rentals.
10059 Palisades Dr. #1
Truckee, CA 96161
11070 Brockway Rd., Ste. #A
Truckee, CA 96161
Pullen Realty Group
Pullen Realty Group specializes in helping second homeowners buy, sell, and vacation rent their properties in Lake Tahoe and Truckee California.
10270 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Martis Valley Associates
Martis Valley Associates specializes in real estate sales, rentals, and property management in Northstar, Lahontan, Old Greenwood, Truckee, Tahoe Donner, and Donner Lake areas.
10880 Brockway Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Castle Peak Vacation Rentals
Castle Peak Vacation Rentals, atop Donner Summit, serving the Serene Lakes Community since 1997. The hidden gem of the Sierra, come stay with us and enjoy Serene Lakes.
21719 Donner Pass Rd.
Soda Springs, CA 95728
10050 Bridge St., Ste. 4200
Truckee, CA 96160
Tahoe Signature Properties
Only the Finest North Lake Tahoe Luxury Vacation Rentals and Property Management Services, serving Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, CA.
11260 Donner Pass Rd, C1#303
Truckee, California 96161
Tahoe Mountain Lodging
Luxury Lake Tahoe vacation rentals in The Village at Northstar, Old Greenwood & Gray's Crossing. Studio to 4-bedroom residences available, most with full kitchen, great room and ski-in, ski-out access
4001 Northstar Drive #101
Truckee, CA 96161
Tahoe Luxury Properties
Premier Real Estate Sales & Over 150 Luxury Vacation Rentals
135 River Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
1600 Squaw Valley Rd., #2
Olympic Valley, CA 96146-3750
Tahoe Exclusive Vacation Rentals
10775 Pioneer Trail, Ste. 211A
Truckee, CA 96161
8645 N Lake Blvd., #14
Kings Beach, CA 96143
11929 Waters Wy.
Truckee, CA 96161
Tahoe Alpenglow Properties
11515 purple sage rd
truckee, ca 96161
California Luxury
16066 melbourne ct
Truckee, California 96161
Donner Creek Mobile Home Park
10715 Highway 89
Truckee, CA 96161

How to Find a Rental

Sometimes you can score a rental by looking at flyers outside of Truckee coffee shops and delis or by just driving around the neighborhoods that you like and looking for "FOR RENT" signs. 

Other tricks are to join the Facebook Truckee-Tahoe People and North Tahoe/Truckee Classifieds groups and enter "rentals" in the "Search this group" field. You could also do a post out to the community about yourself and what you're looking for.

Many landlords also post their rental listings on Reno Craigslist.com (enter "Truckee" in the search field).