Proposed Rental Code Changes

Southampton Town Public Safety and Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd updates town board members on last year’s statistics and unveils potential changes for rental codes. Independent/Desirée Keegan

Southampton Town Public Safety and Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd has proposed numerous changes to the town code regulating property rentals. They include:

Rental Code Changes

  • Eliminate requirement to update tenants’ identities
  • Eliminate requirement for a carter contract
  • Eliminate the period of proposed occupancy
  • Eliminate the four-car parking limit for rentals between 1 and 6 AM
  • Require a statement of bedroom location and size, rather than floor plan
  • Fees would charged on a biennial basis
  • No limit to the number of allowable basement bedrooms
  • Edit the penalty section and rental permit requirements to accurately reflect the responsibilities of owners, tenants, and rental agents
  • Change the definition of family in a rental agreement to be one, two, three, or four persons occupying a dwelling, or five or more persons occupying a dwelling unit and living together as a traditional family or the functional equivalent of a traditional family. Changes made will correspond with the zoning code definition
  • Expand the definition of a rental property to include apartments in
    commercial properties, condos, and co-ops

Proposed Seasonal Rental Code Changes

  • A permit, separate and apart from the rental permit, would be required for a property being used for a period of no less than seven days during the season rental period between May 1 and September 30
  • Require a “rental agreement” for seasons rental permits
  • Fees would charged on a biennial basis
  • Swimming pools and/or hot tubs would have to be maintained by a professional service technician at all times
  • Seasonal rental permits would require the name and contact information of a person who would respond within one hour to correct any code violations
  • Contact information would be disseminated upon being granted a seasonal rental permit to every abutting neighbor by certified mail
  • Enforcement authority could revoke a seasonal rental permit when a code violation continues for 24 hours or more after a notice is provided
  • No guests of tenants occupying a dwelling with a seasonal rental permit may be present between 1 and 6 AM

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