Montauk landlord cited for excessive Airbnb rentals, against city code

Records showed the house was rented out 55 times over a nine-month period, generating $100,000 in rental fees.


The owner of a Montauk residence was ticketed for renting out his home at least 55 times over a nine-month period from May 2021 to early 2022, according to a statement from East Hampton Town. The municipal code governing the rental of residences allows a maximum of two short-term rentals of less than two weeks in a six-month period. The house generated over $100,000 in rental fees during this period.


The rental records were obtained from online rental agency Airbnb, Inc. by East Hampton Town through a subpoena. After a three-month joint investigation by the East Hampton Town District Attorney’s Office and the City of East Hampton Ordinance Enforcement Department, a total of 57 court appearances Tickets were issued to the defendant for alleged violations of the city’s rental registry laws.


City law requires rental properties, including vacation rentals, to be registered with the city rental register maintained by the Department of Construction and issued a rental registration number. The rental register number must be included in any rental advertisement. Regular renewals and updates of rental registration information are required.


The defendants are due in court in East Hampton Town Court on August 1, 2022. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum potential sentence under the municipal code of more than $200,000 in fines. and/or a period of incarceration.


“Our East Hampton City Codes are designed to protect property owners and residents of the impacts resulting from the misuse of residential properties, such as the conversion of a residence into a a lucrative business venture,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said. “Transforming single-family homes into high-grossing rentals advertised on Airbnb and other sites has had a noticeable negative impact on the character of our neighborhoods and community. The City will continue to take legal action against those who do not respect our


Community regulations and values.


In addition to a restriction on short-term rentals, city code does not allow “shared homes” or the sale of occupancy rights to a home during particular time periods. The rental of one or two guest rooms is authorized if an owner lives on site.

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