Nearly a dozen tenants and their landlord are facing almost 40 charges after authorities cracking down on alleged violations of East Hampton Town’s new rental registry law responded Wednesday to complaints of overcrowding and unsafe living conditions.
The law, which requires absentee landlords to register information with the town about their properties and the number of tenants living there, began being enforced this week.
Authorities said the house at 105 Springs Fireplace Rd. was being illegally occupied by nine adults and four children.
The property owner, Leslie Cooper Life Estate, and the adult tenants face charges for allegedly violating the East Hampton Town Zoning Codes and New York State Fire Codes, including overcrowding, no carbon monoxide detector, change of use or type of occupancy, no building permit or certificate of occupancy, excessive vehicles in a rental and no Rental Registry number.
“The landlord’s failure to go through the process and register their rental property put all of these tenants at risk, which is something the Town will simply not countenance,” said Supervisor Larry Cantwell.
Jaimo Uzhca Namina, 31, was charged with criminal contempt for violating an order of protection issued by the East Hampton Town Justice Court, according to a news release from Cantwell’s office.
Moncayo Arnulfo Rivera, 27, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving while intoxicated and was also charged with false impersonation for allegedly initially providing a fake name to police.
The other adults charged are Carmen Rocio Yamba Tenezaca, 30; Wilson Guillca-Satian, 30; Melida Yamba Tenezaca, 33; Jose Donaire, 40; Angel Uzhca, 32; Angel Maza-Namina, 32; and Rafeal Felix Llauri, 23.
All of the defendants were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court on June 13 to answer the charges.
“This morning’s coordinated efforts by our Public Safety departments uncovered deplorable conditions inside a single-family house that was being used as a multi-family residence,” said Betsy Bambrick, the town’s director of ordinance enforcement. “East Hampton Town will not tolerate landlords and sub-lessors profiteering at the expense of public safety by overcrowding tenants into illegal and unsafely configured structures.”
Violators of the registry are subject to fines of $3,000 to $15,000 and up to 6 months in jail or both.