What is allowed to be rented nightly in Mammoth?

I decided to write a post about what can be rented out nightly in Mammoth Lakes because it's one of my number one questions I get asked all the time. A lot of buyer's want to come up and buy that nostalgic cabin in the woods but unfortunately in Mammoth, almost all of our houses are not allowed to be rented out nightly. If you want to buy a property to rent out on a nightly basis in Mammoth, you are more than likely going to have to buy a condo. The good news is our town does not put a limit on how many condos can be rented out nightly and they never will. 75% of the town's income for the year comes from nightly rentals. They charge a 14% transient occupancy tax on all bookings and this accounts for most of their income for the year and they do not want to give that up. They did try and allow some short term rentals on some residential neighborhoods  in Mammoth several years ago and it went to vote but it was voted no by the majority of the town. Homeowner's wanted to know who their neighbors were and did not want the hassle of having nightly renters partying it up next door all the time. We do have a very small sliver of homes around the Sierra Star Golf Course called Gray Bear that can be rented nightly as well as a few up by Little Eagle Ski area. These tend to sell for upwards of $2 million when they do come on the market. So if you are looking for a property you can do short term rentals on, we suggest you begin looking for your dream condo and we are here to help you find it! 

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