When billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer allowed President Joe Biden to stay at his estate in Lake Tahoe, he may have violated a housing rule for vacation homes in Nevada.
If the billionaire is found guilty of the crime involving the current president, it could result in a punishment of $20,000 for Steyer, as The Washington Times reported.
In a complaint that was submitted to the Vacation Home Rental Advisory Board, it was alleged that Mr. Steyer had rented the home without first obtaining a valid permit for vacation rentals.
According to Ernie Strehlow, who serves as the program manager and head of code enforcement for the VHR board, the board has received a number of inquiries regarding Mr. Steyer's usage of the residence.
“We cannot comment further as we are actively investigating any Douglas County Nevada code violation on this rental,” Mr. Strehlow told The Globe, which first reported the story.
These permits and regulating guidelines were established in 2005 by Douglas County, which is the location of the residence that is worth $18 million, in order to monitor and manage the quantity of VHRs that are present in the region.
Houses that are rented out for shorter periods of time, often for a period of 28 days or less, are referred to as vacation houses. The Biden family arrived at the residence on Friday with the intention of being there for the next nine days.
According to a story in the New York Post, Joe and Jill Biden paid the going rate for their rental property, and the White House is aggressively examining the allegations made against them.
The President and First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, departed their vacation home on Monday to see the devastation caused by the horrific wildfires in Hawaii.
They left the island later that day and traveled back to their house in Lake Tahoe after arriving back on the mainland. The number of persons who have died as a result of the flames on Maui has now reached 115.
After telling reporters that he had "no comment" about the flames, Mr. Biden came under fire for his apparent lack of urgency in his response to the crisis. He was enjoying yet another vacation at his beach property in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, at the period in question.
However, critics and locals felt that the president lacked empathy in the aftermath of the devastation that claimed the lives of more than 110 people.
Mr. Biden arrived in Maui on Monday to discuss his administration's efforts to aid the survivors and meet with locals and government officials. Before delivering his speech, Mr. Biden petted a cadaver dog and made a jest about the dog's footwear.
“You guys catch the boots out here? That’s some hot ground, man,” Biden asked reporters while smiling.
“Nothing says leadership like yukking it up with the human-remains-sniffing dog,” wrote Micheal Dearing, founder of Harrison Metal.
“Imagine your loved one burned to death less than a month ago, and when Biden finally visits after his TWO vacations, he jokes about how hot the ground is. Sick,” wrote Robby Starbuck, a conservative commentator.