Free workshops to familiarize the public and real estate professionals with East Hampton’s new rental registry law and application process will be held this month at town hall.

Real estate brokers are invited to attend on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and sessions for the public will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27. At 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

During each workshop, town staff will walk participants through the rental registry application process and answer questions.

Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP with your name and preferred workshop time to the town supervisor’s office at (631) 324-4140 or by email to Colleen Reynolds, assistant to the supervisor, at creynolds@ehamptonny.gov.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and other local officials have said the rental registry is needed to help prevent problems caused by disruptive young summertime visitors to resorts such as Montauk who rent houses in large groups, leading to loud parties, illegal parking and other related issues.

Under the law, property owners not living on the rental premises must file an application with the town building department before advertising their rental or entering into a lease.

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Landlords who do not register will be subject to prosecution. Registration requires a $100 fee for a registry number that is good for two years.

Information to be filed with the town includes the number of bedrooms and occupants in a house and disclosure of rental periods.

There was strong opposition to the law expressed at town meetings, with some calling in “Big Brother” in action.

On Friday rental registry applications will become available on the town website (www.ehamptonny.gov) or at the building department, 300 Pantigo Place. The form may be filled out online, but it must be submitted either in person or by mail, along with the $100 application fee.

The building department will begin issuing rental registration numbers on Feb. 1 and on May 1 the town will begin full enforcement of the rental registry law to allow property owners time to come into compliance with the new requirements.

The workshops will be held in the main meeting room of town hall, located at 159 Pantigo Road.