06/17/13 2:00pm
06/17/2013 2:00 PM

Greenport Village Hall

Greenport Village board members hold a discussion on a potential law that would set rental regulations for residential properties.

The proposal aims at eliminating illegal apartments within residential homes, which the the board believes encourages deterioration of the Village’s housing stock – leading to blight, excessive traffic, parking problems, an overburden on municipal services and general public health and safety concerns.

The proposal would establish minimum quality standards for habitation, including partitioned bedrooms and separate entrances, kitchens, electric meters and cable lines.

Homeowners that wish to lease space in their homes would be required to obtain a rental permit. The application will be reviewed by a five-member board appointed by the mayor and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Those found in violation would face fines of up to $5,000 or imprisonment.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Third Street fire station.

A public hearing on the issue is scheulded for June 22 at 6 p.m. at the Third Street fire station.

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09/14/12 3:00pm
09/14/2012 3:00 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The Greenport Village Code Committee meets today at the Old Schoolhouse on Front Street.

The Greenport Village Code Committee meeting scheduled for Friday has been cancelled.

The committee was expected to discuss rental permit legislation during its monthly meeting, but cancelled the meeting after they did not have enough members for a quorum.

Village officials have previously said the proposed permit legislation aims to improve the quality of life for renters, as well as prevent overcrowding and deter blight. But during a July 23 public hearing on the draft rental law, former mayor and real estate agent Dave Kapell blasted village officials because he believes the proposal would place a hardship on immigrant families.

The Village Board voted to hold the public hearing open and send the draft law back to the code committee for further review.

In addition to reworking the proposed rental permit law, the committee is also drafting the village’s first subdivision code, as well as box store legislation. According to the agenda agenda, accessory buildings and a proposed ban on bamboo would also have been discussed.

The topics listed in Friday’s agenda will be discussed at their next meeting on Oct. 12, officials said.

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Greenport Village code committee agenda, Sept. 14, 2012

07/23/12 6:00pm
07/23/2012 6:00 PM

The Greenport Village Board held a public hearing to discuss a new rental permit law during its monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Third Street firehouse.

According to village documents, the proposed legislation aims to improve the quality of life for renters, as well as prevent overcrowding and deter blight.

In addition to completing inspections that will determine how many people can occupy a rental property, landlords will be required to provide the village with a contact list of their tenants.

While the proposed permits and renewals will cost $100 per year, the fee will be waived under certain situations, such as if the rental will provide housing for low income families.

If the law is approved, first-time violators could face a fine between $1,500 to $5,000 and second violations carry a fine between $2,500 to $10,000. All violators could also face up to six months imprisonment.

The Village Board kept the public hearing open and will send the draft law back to its code committee for further review.

Click on the blog below for a recap our live coverage and scroll down to read a draft of the proposed law, as well as the meeting’s complete agenda.

Greenport Village proposed rental permit law

Greenport Village Board meeting agenda, July 23, 2012