Moriches, NY (MorichesDaily) – Love it or hate it the summer crowds that migrate to the east-end rentals on Long Island put a strain on our usually quiet way of life. Now officials in the Hamptons are considering a proposal that could put restrictions on those summertime share houses.
Town of East Hampton officials say they have received increased complaints from residents of rowdiness at houses that are rented by large numbers of people.
The Wall Street Journal says under a new proposal, house owners would be required to disclose if they were renting their homes, and to list the number of bedrooms and square footage of the home. That would allow for better enforcement of rules limiting to four the number of unrelated people renting homes.
Town officials say that owners would face a fine of at least $500 if they didn’t register. Town Board Member Dominick Stanzione said owners or agents also could be fined if the town determines they knowingly rented to a group larger than allowed.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, it is not unusual for 20 to 30 friends split the rent of a large house from Memorial Day to Labor Day, spending upwards of $55,000 for the season.
Many year-round residents of the east-end complain that the renters, usually party going 20-somethings are puking in bushes and partying on the streets with little regard to neighbors in the area.
Another complaint is the traffic…it’s been horrible this summer on the south shore, especially on Sunrise Highway.
Small business owners are afraid that cracking down on the share houses could hurt the town’s fragile economy.
Tourism on the east-end has really come back this season, especially after superstorm Sandy at the end of the summer last year. Not everyone agrees with the new proposal, which is likely to face a public hearing this fall.
Supporters of the bill point out that other towns in New York state have rental registries.
The proposal needs town board approval.