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Aug 1, 2019 4:53 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Town Gets Restraining Order Against $2,700-Per-Night Rental In Springs

The glass-walled house at 145 Neck Path. Michael Wright
Aug 6, 2019 1:52 PM

East Hampton Town has obtained a restraining order against the owners of an almost entirely glass house in Springs, one that the town says has been used like a commercial property this summer — hosting promoted parties, photo shoots and product launches, and offering hotel-like rentals.

The house, at 145 Neck Path, is listed for sale for $3.9 million but also has been advertised on real estate rental websites as having individual rooms available for rent for any period of time. The whole house is available to rent for $2,700 per night. An Airbnb.com advertisement for the property says it can accommodate up to 20 people.

The owners of the house also were cited by the town in 2015 for using it as an illegal share house.

East Hampton Town codes prohibit rentals of a residence for less than 14 days at a time on more than two separate occasions per season. The town also requires all rental properties to be registered with the town, and for the town to be notified about each new tenant.

The town said the property has been actively marketed as a “small boutique hotel” and as the “secret location” of parties that required admission fees of up to $5,000 for reservations.

State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Martorana granted the town a temporary restraining order on Wednesday, July 31, ordering that the owner or managers of the property not rent the house in any fashion until it has a valid town rental registry permit. They also were ordered to halt any illegal use of the property as a motel, share house, commercial operation or any other non-residential activity.

“The misuse of residential properties in this way has clear negative impacts on neighbors that cannot be allowed to continue — from noise and late-night disruption to overcrowding, stress on overloaded septic systems, and other environmental impacts,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said in a statement issued by the town on Thursday, August 1. “East Hampton Town’s residential areas are not ‘open for business’ and available to those who wish to make a quick profit on summertime events at the expense of our residents.”

The website www.145neckpath.com says the owner of the house is Juan Figueroa, whom the site describes as the “creative mind” behind the renovation of the Williamsburg Savings Bank building in Brooklyn — a celebrated renovation of a historic building that was begun by Mr. Figueroa but completed by another developer after he sold his interests, according to The New York Times.

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Invite a few friends for the price???
By knitter (1802), Southampton on Aug 1, 19 9:04 PM
Springs housing complaints have been ignored all year. The summer is 2/3 gone and this is the 1st mention of any enforcement activity from a dysfunctional Public Safety Division. It should surprise no one that with an election 3 months away - the EH board issues a press release to show how tough they are on quality of life issues.
By BonacPlague (11), Gansett on Aug 1, 19 9:45 PM
Good thing they created that pointless rental registry to prevent stuff like this from happening..?!?!?!?!
By Rich Morey (368), East Hampton on Aug 2, 19 10:14 AM
How is something like the McKinley Bungalows in Montauk operational, it appears to be opperated like a boutique hotel in a residential neighborhood - not sure how the other residents there would not be complaining. These places advertise - not hard to find ...looking at you town of EH / SH
mckinleybungalow.com/the-bungalow
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (718), southampton on Aug 3, 19 9:17 AM
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