PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, after a public hearing was held by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton on October 25, 2016, the Town Board, at their meeting of October 25, 2016, adopted LOCAL LAW NO. 12 OF 2016 as follows: “A LOCAL LAW amending Chapter 270 (Rental Properties) adding a new section 270-19(A)(6) (Community Housing Opportunity Surcharge) and amending Chapter 8 (Budget), adding a new section 8-6.3 (Appropriation of Justice Court Fees to the Community Housing Opportunity Fund)".
Summary of Proposed Law
The Town of Southampton recognizes that there is a critical need for affordable housing to exist within the Township. Regional employers grapple with the task of hiring and retaining employees because of the limited availability of affordable housing in our area. Volunteer emergency services also are impacted by the lack of affordable housing available within the Town. The Town Board also recognizes that the illegal rental and overcrowding of dwelling units within the Town poses a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the occupants and the surrounding neighbors. Accordingly, there is a strong need to create and rehabilitate affordable housing and provide financial support for first time home buyers in order to reduce the impact that the lack of such affordable housing will have on our community. Pursuant to Town Code Chapter 216, the Town established a Community Housing Opportunity Fund in order to create and provide affordable housing opportunities within the Town. Proceeds from the Community Housing Opportunity Fund can be used to produce community housing units for income-eligible households, to rehabilitate existing buildings for conversion into community housing units and to provide counseling services and to produce loans to first-time home buyers. As such, it is appropriate to allocate funds obtained by the Justice Court for violations of Chapter 270, the Rental Property Law, into the Community Housing Opportunity Fund to enhance the efficacy of fund expenditures. In this way, the Town hopes to meet the critical need for affordable housing and enhance the overall quality of life for Town residents.
Copies of the local law, sponsored by Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Councilperson Julie Lofstad and Councilperson John Bouvier, are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.