Long Beach building officials said they are cracking down on illegal rentals during the summer season following complaints from residents.
Officials with the city’s Housing Task Force issued three citations last week for illegal rooming houses, after complaints by residents to police about loud parties, group housing and parking issues, Long Beach fire and building commissioner Scott Kemins said.
Building inspectors who examined three properties earlier this month — at 235 W. Chester St., 76 Oregon St. and 570 Monroe Blvd. — issued the owners citations for illegal rooming houses and group rentals. Fines generally range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Long Beach has had regulations governing illegal rentals for more than 20 years, Kemins said. The city prohibits rentals for less than 30 days and allows no more than two unrelated people to share a residence.
“It’s usually a quality-of-life issue for neighbors with parking, noise issues and garbage,” Kemins said. “Someone renting a place for a week [doesn’t] care about neighbors. Our job is to take care of residents.”
Citations can carry fines and reveal code violations that require homeowners to remediate any infractions found by the city.
City officials said the Housing Task Force, which was formed with $30,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant money in 2012, is largely complaint-driven and the city does not have the manpower to follow online listings on websites like Airbnb.
But Long Beach officials are closely following the Town of Hempstead’s recent proposal to create a permit program and registry for all rentals for more than 28 days. Kemins said Long Beach city leaders could follow suit with similar restrictions.
Long Beach officials are urging residents to report illegal apartments in basements or group rentals to contact the Housing Task Force at 516-431-1000, ext. 239, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.