A brochure explaining the new East Hampton rental registry law and another detailing the related town code is being sent to residents this week.

The rental registry law requires all absentee landlords to register with the town and to furnish the building department with information such as the number of tenants on a lease and the terms of the agreement. It also requires owners to fill out a property safety checklist.

Applications for the rental registry became available Feb. 1 but enforcement of the law doesn’t begin until May 1.

A letter from Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and the town council members to residents explains the need for the law in stating that “Public safety and quality of life are key responsibilities of the Town of East Hampton. In the interest of providing you with important information concerning some of the local and state laws designed to protect homeowners, tenants and residential neighborhoods, we are enclosing for your reference two brochures.”

Included in the brochures is information on how to register a rental property and explanations about what constitutes “overcrowding.” It also defines short-term rentals, excessive turnover, parking restrictions renovations permits and fire and pool safety.

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Town board members adopted the rental registry law in December as one of several efforts aimed at controlling overcrowding and other problems associated with disruptive summertime visitor.

Colleen Reynolds, assistant to Cantwell, said more than 1,100 rental registry applications have been submitted so far.