Rental registration ahead
BRIGHTWATERS—Village officials recently presented rental registration for property owners looking to rent off sections of their house.
The local law, which applies to single-family residential dwellings, is only in the beginning stages. The latest draft, the first for the public, was made available during this month’s board of trustees meeting at the Brightwaters Court Room on Seneca Drive.
Mayor John Valdini said the decision to start registering renters comes from various complaints over the years about residences within the village where the living situation has gotten out of hand.
Throughout its entire history, Brightwaters hasn’t had any registration process for rentals regarding such spaces.
At last week’s meeting, village attorney Charles Casolaro suggested a physical inspection of the rented dwelling, carried out by the superintendent of buildings, be added to the latest draft of the law-in-progress.
Casolaro opposed the idea of property owners looking to rent out sections of their home having to file only an affidavit, a system that landlords in neighboring townships, including Islip Town, are required to follow.
“Folks might not be up to speed on New York State building and rental regulations,” Casolaro said, adding that Brightwaters Village could be held liable in case of accidents.
The village’s attorney also wasn’t opposed to the possibility of yearly inspections for rented family dwellings, citing certain townships in Nassau County that require a similar process.
Valdini, other members of the board and several residents that attended last week’s meeting expressed their belief that a process such as that was a little too extensive.
When asked about how the law would affect those who are currently renting, village officials said those individuals, ideally, would have to register after the law was passed. Valdini also reminded those in attendance that nothing would be put into law just yet, and that the meeting was to take community input for future changes.
One resident expressed concern that the law would enable shorter stays, such as those associated with Airbnb and other hospitality services.
Officials stated that the law applies to longer stays, such as six months and over. The law also doesn’t apply to single-room apartments, which are illegal in Brightwaters Village.
Some residents expressed frustration about the very idea of registration. One asked if the law could be bent for those who “aren’t making trouble” and apply only to those that are considered to be a public nuisance.
Valdini has since told this publication that the board is leaning towards an initial inspection, with affidavits having to be filed every so many years afterwards. The amount of years in between has yet to be decided upon.
“I just want to get everything on the books,” Valdini said, adding that if there’s no law in place, nothing can be done about future issues.
A revised draft of the law will be presented at the next board of trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Brightwaters Court Room.
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