To rent a property in East Hampton, an owner must register with the East Hampton Town Building Department. The property must be registered before a tenant can take possession. The Building Department will then issue a rental registry number, which must be displayed on any advertising, including on the Internet.
As an owner/landlord, you must fill out the town's forms (the registry form and a rental property inspection checklist) and make sure the property has a valid Certificate of Occupancy on file with the town. You'll have to pay a fee of $100. All forms must be notarized. You will have to re-file for every new tenant (and have it notarized), and re-file every two years regardless.
What if you don't comply? Penalties for not registering your property before advertising it for rent include fines of $150 to $1,500 and 15 days in jail. Penalties for not registering your property before renting it include fines of $3000 to $15,000 and up to six months in jail. For second offenses, the fines go up to $30,000 and six months' imprisonment. Keep in mind that a violation can be issued for each day a property is not registered.
The necessary forms are available now from the East Hampton Building Department at 300 Pantigo Place, Suite 104. Phone is 631-324-42145. Forms are available online, but must be printed and notarized, and either submitted in person or via mail.
Confused? You can attend workshops for landlords on January 27 at Town Hall at 1, 3, and 5PM. Applications will begin processing on February 1, and enforcement begins May 1.
Was all that too much reading? Here's a succinct video from Saunders.