Southampton cracks down on illegal rentals

Residents say illegally-rented homes have increased dramatically.

Residents say illegally-rented homes have increased dramatically. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

HAMPTON BAYS - As the summer approaches, the Town of Southampton is cracking down on illegal rentals - a problem some residents say has gotten out of control recently.

Mike Dunn, who has lived in Hampton Bays for 41 years, is in charge of the new civic group Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays. Dunn says illegal rentals have risen dramatically and are affecting their quality of life, from property values to taxes.

Deputy Southampton Town Supervisor Frank Zappone says the town has issued dozens of violations to property owners on North Road in Hampton Bays alone. The violations ran from unsafe conditions to too many people living in too few bedrooms.

Under a new law, anyone in the Town of Southampton wanting to rent their property has to get a permit from the town's Code Enforcement Department. Dunn calls the new law a step in the right direction.

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