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PRESS RELEASE: November 2, 2017
A Hampton Bays real estate agent/ property manager has been incarcerated for renting out homes throughout the Town for which valid rental permits had not been issued, in violation of the Southampton Town Code Chapter 270.On June 20, 2017, the defendant, Robert A. Mazzone, was convicted by a jury of violating the Town’s Rental Law, which provides that no person shall occupy or otherwise use a dwelling unit as a rental property without a valid rental permit being issued for the dwelling unit. This week, he was sent to jail for sixty days for violating the Town Code.For many years, Mazzone has maintained an office at Hampton Sales and Rentals Corp, located at 63A East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays. The Town maintained that Mazzone acted as an agent/property manager for a number of single family homes, subjecting residents to substandard living conditions, and refusing to comply with the Town’s Rental Law, which is in place to insure that only homes that are safe are rented out to the public. The homes are situated in Hampton Bays, East Quogue, Shinnecock Hills, North Sea, Tuckahoe, and Southampton Town.This is the second person to be incarcerated in Southampton Town in the past two months for violating the Town’s Rental Law. “It is imperative that landlords understand the public safety reasons behind the rental law, and why it is so important that they comply with it. If they fail or refuse to do so, then they will face significant penalties. The Town of Southampton will continue to prosecute and to seek incarceration for those that choose to place people in unsafe conditions for a profit.”, commented the Town’s Public Safety Administrator Steven Troyd. Mr. Mazzone, in addition to being immediately incarcerated for sixty days, was also ordered to pay over $22,000 in fines. “I understand that there is some frustration at times on the part of the community when it comes to these kinds of violations of the town code,” stated Councilman Stan Glinka, “but, our code officers and our Town Attorney are diligent in their efforts. This result is evidence of their dedication and hard work, and our commitment to the safety of all residents and visitors in the Town.”“I trust that this will make others recognize that the Town has no tolerance for unsafe illegal rentals,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “I wish to compliment our Code Enforcement investigative staff on a job well done,” he added.For information on obtaining a rental permit before renting out a house, contact the Division of Code Enforcement at (631) 702-1700.For more information contact: Office of the Town Attorney at (631) 287- 3065
Contact: Supervisor’s officeConnie Conway, (631) 283-6055