Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LI town has illegal conversion problem
Tucked outside of Stony Brook University, they often stick out like sore thumbs — run down, lawns torn up for parking — and neighbors fed up over an explosion of illegal off campus student housing.
“Weeds where flowers used to grow are no like 4 to 5 feet tall, there is garbage all over the street, and cars, we can’t get out of our driveways,” Diane Sander said.
“The deplorable conditions of the homes. If they would upkeep the houses and keep them neat and clean and trimmed, we wouldn’t even notice them,” Bruce Sander said.
Residents count more than 300 houses owned by absentee landlords who subdivide single family homes and pack in the renters.
“We have five in this house,” one student said.
Brookhaven town law prohibits more than four unrelated people under one roof.