WESTBURY - The Village of Westbury is creating a housing enforcement unit and hiring two new officers to crack down on illegal housing.

The village will also conduct inspections without notice and increase housing violation fines. It will also raise fees and toughen maintenance rules for homes owned by absentee landlords.

“It's not targeted to any particular people, it's just targeted to a situation, which is landlords who are making money by victimizing people in the community and by victimizing the community as a whole,” says Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

In the coming days, residents will receive fliers informing them of the changes and specifics to the housing enforcement program.