STONY BROOK - Nearly 100 residents of Stony Brook lined the streets today, chanting and holding up signs to call attention to "absentee homeowners" who are renting out properties to students of the community's university.
The homeowners argue that Stony Brook University students don't make great neighbors. They claim that their streets are littered with garbage, their roads are cluttered with cars and the student population is dragging down not only property values, but also the quality of life.
The Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners Association says some landlords are violating housing laws that state that no more than four unrelated people can live together in a home. The association says some of the student homes are housing as many as 10 people.
The protesters are calling for tighter restrictions on people who are snapping up properties in the area. They also want fines and penalties boosted for offenders.
News 12 Long Island has reached out to the Town of Brookhaven for comment, but has not yet received a response.