Student Housing Illegal Rentals

Student Housing Illegal Rentals


SOUTH BRONX LEFT A DOZEN PEOPLE DEAD, LEAVING MORE THAN 100 OTHERS SICK. LIVING NEAR A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CAN COME WITH SOME HEADACHES, ESPECIALLY AT THE HOUSE NEXT STORE IS FULL OF COLLEGE STUDENTS. A NEW WAY TO CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL STUDENT HOUSING. VALERIE CASTRO WITH THE STORY NEW AT 6:00 TONIGHT. Reporter: IN STONY BROOK, HOMEOWNER GROUPS ON THE HUNT FOR ILLEGAL STUDENT HOUSING POINT TO THE POWER LINES THAT ARE STILL DOWN AT THIS HOME FROM A STORM SEVERAL WEEKS AGO. THEY SAY IT’S A PROPERTY WHERE THE TOWN FORCED THE EVICTIONS OF MORE THAN A DOZEN COLLEGE STUDENTS LIVING THERE. DESPITE NEW DORMITORIES, THOUSANDS OF STONY BROOK STUDENTS STILL LIVE OFF CAMPUS LEADING TO ILLEGAL APARTMENTS IN THE SURROUNDING SINGLE FAMILY HOME NEIGHBORHOODS. NOW THE TOWN IS SEARCHING FOR THOSE ILLEGAL APARTMENTS BY COUNTING THE CARS PARKED OUT FRONT. THERE COULD BE AS MANY AS POSSIBLY SIX, EIGHT, OR TEN CARS AT THE RESIDENCE. Reporter: BROOKHAVEN TOWN OFFICIALS ARE PROPOSING HOMEOWNERS BE ALLOWED ONE CAR PER ONE BEDROOM PLUS ONE EXTRA. IF APPROVED BY THE TOWN BOARD, INVESTIGATORS WILL CHECK A SUSPECTED PROPERTY’S BUILDING PERMITS. COMPARE IT TO WHAT WE’RE SEEING ON THE STREET, ATTEMPT TO BRING THE PROPERTY IN TO COMPLIANCE. Reporter: ACTIVIST HOMEOWNER GROUPS WELCOME THE TOWN’S PROPOSAL, ARGUING MANY PROPERTIES CLEARLY HAVE MORE CARS THAN BEDROOMS. IT’S ANOTHER TOOL WE HAVE IN OUR ARSENAL TO FIGHT THE ILLEGAL HOUSING THAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Reporter: NATHANIEL YOUNG LIVES IN A CONVERTED GARAGE. HE SAID IT’S THE ONLY WAY STUDENTS LIKE HIM CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CAMPUS. I DON’T SEE THE PROBLEM WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS LIVING IN A HOUSE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE’S NOWHERE ELSE FOR THEM TO STAY. Reporter: THE TOWN SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING OCTOBER 1ST ON ITS COUNTING CARS CRACKDOWN PROPOSAL. VALERIE CASTRO, CBS 2 NEWS. THE HEAD OF THE LANDLORD

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