The East Hampton Town Board discussed a proposed law for a rental registry at its Tuesday, August 19, work session.
A law sponsored by Councilman Fred Overton would require all homeowners who rent out their properties to register with the Building Department. According to Assistant Town Attorney Mike Sendlenski, the proposed law does not change existing rental terms, but would give the town the opportunity to keep track of rental properties.
This law was discussed just a week after two Montauk men were cited with code enforcement violations for excessive turnover. According to the current rental laws, homeowners are allowed to rent their homes for a period of two weeks or less no more than two times during a six-month period.
Websites such as VRBO and Airbnb have made it easier for homeowners to rent out their houses, and neighboring properties have complained about excessive turnover, with new tenants arriving every weekend.
The town board expects a public hearing date for the law in September or October. If adopted, it would become effective as early as January 1.