East Hampton’s community of real estate brokers turned out en masse for a forum on the new Rental Registry Laws and Regulations.
The East Hampton Town Board approved the registry in December requiring homeowners who rent their property for short stays to declare it meets health and safety requirements and has a certificate of occupancy.
The number of bedrooms in the house also has to be listed and a notice must be filed with the town each time a new tenant is to occupy the house. An Inspection Checklist approved by the Town Building Department, will have to be signed by the owner or a licensed architect, engineer or home inspector.
Tenants will not have to be identified by name, but the number of occupants and the term of the rental must be listed.
There is a bi-annual $100 fee to list a property on the registry which, the Town has said, will make it easier to police the rental community and prosecute those who violate town codes.
The forum for real estate professionals was held in East Hampton’s Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday). Town Officials answered questions and reviewed forms during a workshop, the first in a series being run by the town for people impacted by the rules. The Town Officials who gave the presentation were: Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Director of Code Enforcement Betsy Babrick, Principal Building Inspector Ann Glennon, Network Systems Administrator Robert Pease, Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski.
East Hampton is the eighth of Suffolk County towns to adopt a registry or permit requirement for homeowners offering their houses for rent.
The registry has met opposition from homeowners, who say they rely on rental income accrued during the busy summer months.
However, Supervisor Larry Cantwell told the Southampton Press, last year, “We have a number of people who are violating the fundamental principles of zoning, and single-family neighborhoods are being impacted by the commercialization of housing. Overcrowding, weekly turnovers—in the long term, that has a negative impact on the quality of life for everyone.”
Photos by Richard Lewin