A Sept. 21 court date has been set for a Springs woman charged with more than two dozen East Hampton Town and New York State safety violations for allegedly operating her single-family home as a resort in a residential neighborhood.
Leanna Erdmann, 57, of 160 Red Dirt Rd., faces 26 charges, including illegally converting a garage and an artist's studio into additional living space without the required permits, inspections and approvals; having no building permits or certificates of occupancy for completed renovations; having open pool gates that were not self-closing and latching; and lacking a required pool alarm and a code-compliant pool barrier.
Erdmann could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Her attorney, William Grigo, whose office is in Southampton, declined to comment Tuesday.
Elizabeth Bambrick, East Hampton town director of ordinance enforcement, said in a news release issued Friday that investigators relied on social media and online advertising to build their case.
"Review of an online rental site, which advertised the location as an East Hampton resort rental, assisted in the case," Bambrick said. "Pictures, as well as user reviews, were very helpful."
Bambrick said that during a trip to the premises to speak with Erdmann, investigators found her occupying an allegedly illegally converted bedroom.
Erdmann's advertisement on one of the online sites was quickly deleted after she was issued a court appearance ticket for the violations, Bambrick said.
The case will be heard in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
"The continued vigilance of our code enforcement officers and their efforts to enforce the codes are key to taking the appropriate action against illegal rentals and unsafe living conditions," Supervisor Larry Cantwell said in the news release.