Montauk landlord cited for excessive Airbnb rentals

A New York resident was ticketed for renting his Long Island home through Airbnb Inc. at least 55 times during a nine-month period.

The owner of the Montauk residence at 64 S. Elroy St., Harvey Elgart received a ticket in June for rentals that ran from May 2021 to early 2022, according to a statement from East Hampton Town.

Rental records from online rental agency Airbnb, Inc. were obtained through a subpoena showing Elgart had earned more than $100,000 from rentals, city officials said .

The city’s code governing residence rentals allows a maximum of two short-term rentals of less than two weeks in a six-month period, officials said.

After a three-month joint investigation, a total of 57 field appearance tickets were issued to Elgart and 64 S. Elroy LLC, for alleged violations of the city’s rental registry laws, officials said.

Elgart is due to stand trial in East Hampton Town Magistrates Court on Monday, August 1.

If convicted, Elgart faces a maximum penalty under city code of more than $200,000 in fines and/or a period of incarceration.

“Our East Hampton City 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,” said Peter Van. Scoyoc, City Supervisor of East Hampton.

“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 rules and our community values,” added Van Scoyoc.

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