Six people and two corporations were charged with 10 counts each of operating share houses in Montauk, Amagansett, Springs and East Hampton, according to East Hampton Town Director of Ordinance Enforcement Betsy Bambrick.
According to a press release sent out on Monday, the code enforcement department investigated share house activity that was scheduled for this summer, including a two-car garage that had been converted into a cottage for two people without a building permit, inspection or certificate of occupancy.
John Shub, the owner of a home on Old Montauk Highway in Amagansett, and Aaron Monet, an agent for the property owner, were both charged with 10 counts of prohibited use in a single family residence—that is, selling shares, excessive turnover and partial occupancy at the property. Additionally, there were five zoning violations because there were no permits or a certificate of occupancy for the change of use from garage to cottage.
Others who were charged with 10 counts of prohibited use in a single family residence included Nicholas Contos, owner of a home at 55 Hand Lane in Amagansett, and Allen Salkin; 23 Atlantic LLC., which owns a home at 32 Atlantic Street in East Hampton, and Bernice Papia; and 145 Neck Path LLC., which owns a home at 145 Neck Path in Springs, and Sophie Wilhelm.
Town code defines a share house as the selling of shares or establishment of tenancy in which people obtain rights of occupancy in individual bedrooms, or rights to occupy all or part of the residence on particular days of the week, weekends or other short terms. Share houses have been a quality of life issue for many residents, especially during the summer season, because they typically produce more noise, traffic and congestion of all kinds in residential areas.
To attack the problem, according to Ms. Bambrick, the department intends to closely monitor the locations and others over the summer and take action if more violations are found.
Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said he expects the town’s close watch will deter people from breaking the law.
“I hope this latest action by our code enforcement department will send a strong message to others who may feel tempted to violate our town code,” he said. “Tackling illegal occupancy and excessive turnover in summer rentals remains a high priority for the Town of East Hampton.”