Montauk Airbnb owner slapped with 57 tickets

A Montauk landlord received dozens of tickets last week for renting a home and other structures on the property more than 50 times, starting in May 2021.

The City of East Hampton obtained a subpoena for rental records from Airbnb, Inc.’s online market for short-term rentals, which showed the property at 64 S. Elroy Street in Fort Pond had been rented at least 55 times over a nine-year period. period of one month, with paid rents totaling more than $100,000.

According to the city, its rental code only allows two short-term rentals of less than two weeks in a six-month period.

Working with the City’s Ordinance Enforcement Department, the City Attorney’s Office conducted a three-month investigation, which resulted in 57 court appearance tickets for alleged violations of registry laws. City rentals, filed against Harvey Elgart and 64 S. Elroy LLC.

“Our City of East Hampton codes are designed to protect homeowners and residents from the impacts resulting from the misuse of residential properties, such as the transformation of a residence into a lucrative commercial enterprise,” the supervisor said. of the City of East Hampton, Peter Van Scoyoc. statement last week.

“The transformation of single-family homes into high-revenue rentals advertised on Airbnb and other sites has had a noticeable negative impact on the character of our neighborhoods and our community. The City will continue to pursue legal action against those who do not respect our policies and our community values.

Elgart will be arraigned in East Hampton Town Magistrate’s Court on August 1, 2022. Defendants face a maximum potential sentence under city code of more than $200,000 in fines and/or a probation period. incarceration.

Records show the 0.50 acre property at 64 S. Elroy Drive holds two units. He bought the property in 2017 for $2,142,500. At the end of December 2020, the deed was transferred from its name to 64 South Elroy LLC. In 2020 and 2021, the property was put up for rent at a price of $20,000.

Photos online show a modest home with updated interiors, featuring two distinct and separate living areas, one with a large kitchen and the other with a kitchenette overlooking Fort Pond. The photos show modern and elegant bathrooms and several bedrooms. The outdoor area has a daybed for relaxing and stairs that lead down to the water.

City of East Hampton law requires that all rental properties, including vacation rentals, be registered with the city’s rental registry, which the building department oversees. Each property receives a rental registration number, which must be included in any rental advertisement.

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