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.