With beautiful homes and breathtaking landscapes, the real estate in East Hampton sells itself. But pop into a town hall meeting and you'll find residents saying it's turning into a place they don't want to live.
“Children from four different families are registered to the same address,” said Carol Buda during a town hall meeting on January 5th.
Year-round residents like Buda say several people are illegally living in the town by overcrowding single-family homes. Most of the complaints are about the hamlet of Springs where Buda lives. She has photos of the homes she says are proof of the problem. Snapshots she brings to the town hall meetings. The images show modest homes with so many cars they don't fit in the driveway.
"Parking on the grass, the front yard, the backyard the side yard,” said Buda. “And it affects property values."
Some of the complaints during the town hall meetings are not only about the overcrowded homes but the people living in them as well.