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May 23, 2011 2:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Prom Season Brings Wave Of Illegal Party Rentals

May 25, 2011 11:40 AM

“It’s definitely a dumb idea,” said Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze. “They say, ‘I’d rather have them supervised than out on the street.’ But, really, they are just turning a blind eye to dangerous behavior.

“We had two instances last year of parents hosting this kind of party,” he continued. “At one, an attendee was assaulted when they passed out from consumption of alcoholic beverages. One parent told their son to get someone in the shower and get them sobered up. It totally boggles my mind that they are encouraging this behavior.”

While police, schools and lawmakers try to find ways to halt the overall trend, code enforcement departments in Southampton and East Hampton are left to interdict the prom house rentals one at a time, as they find out about them. After learning of an after-prom party planned for a house the first weekend of June, Southampton Town code enforcement officers contacted the parent who had arranged the weekend lease. The school district will be next.

“We explained the rental law to them. They were beside themselves—the renter doesn’t advertise that it’s illegal,” Mr. Betts said. “I explained that it’s not possible to have 50 or 60 people staying in a house for a weekend and have it be safe. But coming to the Hamptons is still very popular.”

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It's about time these were cracked down on. I hope group rental houses will be too. Craig's list has been full of them for years, yet no one tracks down the listers. I brought a number of big group rentals listings on Craigs List to the attention of a previous administration's deputy supervisor who couldn't have cared less. I bet if any had been next door to him his response would have been different.

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