As East Hampton appears to inch closer to creating registry of rental houses, opponents of the idea are mobilizing forces ahead of the November 19 public hearing on the subject at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. Quoted in the Southampton Press, resident Tom Steele told town board members at a work session last week, "[The rental registry] creates serious financial risk … for anyone who rents their home. They will collect information about you that will be used to prosecute you if you get a bad tenant. It puts vacationers to East Hampton … at risk of fines up to $15,000 through no fault of their own. It is simply poor legislation and must be stopped."
A new site, Stop the Rental Registry, has appeared online with a change.org petition. The site says that such a law "will hurt local property owners, local businesses and our local economy on the East End of Long Island. Local businesses will lose customers. Homeowners will be burdened with paperwork, forms and fees, and may face inspections, bed-checks, attorney's fees, fines upwards of $30,000.00 per day and jail time."
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