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Homeowner cited for illegal rooming house

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine speaks in Yaphank

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine speaks in Yaphank on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Photo Credit: Kristy Leibowitz

Brookhaven Town officials have cited the owners of a Stony Brook home for allegedly converting it into an illegal rooming house.

Town officials said they received a tip on Oct. 3 about the single-family home on University Heights Drive. Inspectors found the home's living room had been turned into two bedrooms, a den had been split down the middle and the basement had been converted for living space, officials said.

The owners of the house were issued appearance tickets for illegal conversions and growing the grass too high, officials said. The owners, who purchased the house about two months ago, could not be reached for comment.

Town officials launched a crackdown in 2013 on boardinghouses in the Stony Brook area following complaints from many residents.

"I applaud the resident who reported this illegal renovation and our law investigators who took swift action to stop it," Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement. "The quality of life in communities across the town is threatened by illegal multifamily conversions, but none have felt it more than the Stony Brook area. We will continue to crack down on unscrupulous landlords, and I ask residents to be vigilant and report illegal activity in their neighborhood."

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