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Nov 17, 2015 12:25 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Homeowner, Others Face Charges Of Overcrowding And Illegal Bedroom Conversions

East Hampton Town has been cracking down on code violators. The house at 2 Amagansett Drive KYRIL BROMLEY
Nov 17, 2015 1:18 PM

An East Hampton homeowner was charged with multiple town code violations after East Hampton Town Ordinance officials and members of the East Hampton Town Police Department executed a search warrant of his single-family house on November 9. The house was found to be overcrowded and had been converted into a multifamily residence.

Following a 45-minute search of the house and grounds, investigators determined 2 Amagansett Drive East in East Hampton, owned by Manuel Guerrero, 54, contained numerous conversions from its approved configuration of a four-bedroom, one-family household, said East Hampton Town Director of Ordinance Enforcement Betsy Bambrick in a November 10 press release.

The home’s many residents, including young children, were found to be living in the basement and garage while the laundry room, dining room and office were converted into makeshift bedrooms. With the conversions, the house became an eight-bedroom house, doubling the approved number of sleeping areas, Ms. Bambrick said.

Mr. Guerrero was on site when the search took place and was issued an appearance ticket to appear at Town Justice Court on November 23, where he could be charged with having no building permit, no certificate of occupancy, converting a single-family home to a multifamily home and overcrowding. He was charged with similar violations in 2006 when authorities executed a search warrant of the same property.

A number of people at the scene were charged with similar town code violations in connection with the multifamily home, including Trasito Auquilla, Ana Dsorio Marquez, Millar Cauama, Sandra Contrvas, Antionio Matailo, Carlos Calle, and Rina Alvarado. Ms. Bambrick said the ongoing investigation could result in other charges.

Town Public Safety Director David Betts said the consequences of the violations can range from a monetary fine to incarceration.

Overall, the biggest concerns in cases like these, Mr. Betts said, are the potential safety hazards, including lack of emergency escape exits in case of a fire. Emergency escape windows in bedrooms must be 5.7 square feet of unobstructed glass, he said.

To legally convert a space into a bedroom, Mr. Betts said there would have to be an emergency escape window, 5.7 square feet of unobstructed glass, and smoke detectors within 15 feet of the bedroom door.

“There are a lot of technical ways to go about it, but the easiest thing to do is to come into the building department with a set of plans,” he said.

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Guess who lives there?????
By MaryGrady (40), on Nov 17, 15 2:22 PM
That's the problem in at least 50 houses and motels in Hampton bays.. The cops should have plenty of warrants out
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Nov 17, 15 2:25 PM
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So let's see, Mr. Guerrero was caught doing this in 2006, paid a token fine and went on his merry way doing the same thing without scrutiny for 10 years. Perhaps he should be charged back taxes plus interest for all the additional resources his house consumed.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Nov 17, 15 6:37 PM
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That's very common. They take it out to pass inspection and then put it back. They know CE only works on complaints so he's made plenty of money to pay his new fines in the time it takes them to catch him.

On the other hand, over the years CE has investigated me for the following complaints: no house number on property (um, yes there is), rats on property (WHAT???) and my favorite is a report from CE stating they discussed my insecure pool gate with me and I've never had a pool. So MAYBE ...more
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 18, 15 3:36 AM
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One down, ? to go...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 17, 15 7:23 PM
Need some clarification here: Looks like, reads like a Ross School dormitory...Easy for comments to go after the working class folks who live in illegal situations due to a number of issues. But it is the cash cow that has been Ross, renting houses and crowding rich kids paying big bucks for situations approaching what is described here.
Just saying, as I know this to be so.
By candyw (20), wainscott on Nov 17, 15 9:26 PM
Kudos to East Hampton town! I have exactly the same situation in a home on my street in hampton bays, myself and my neighbors have made multiple complaints, nothing.
At one point next door to that house another house had 10 people living in a 900 sq foot 2 bedroom house, 6-7 cars in driveway. Multiple complaints, nothing.
Both have done construction without permits, multiple complaints, nothing.
Maybe Southampton can outsource code enforcement.
All we are asking is that rules apply ...more
By jams (129), hampton bays on Nov 18, 15 9:26 AM
Southampton Town could care less!! The Ross School is renting houses on Mill Stone Road in Noyac and each house has at least 30 kids….No lie drive on that road about 6:55 any morning and you see them all waitng for the bus. There have been MANY COMPLANTS to the town and code inforcement and NOTHING has been done. They could care less. But then again I wonder who in town offices owns these homes.. Just saying>
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Nov 21, 15 4:26 PM