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Jul 9, 2019 3:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Defendants Are Fined In Overcrowding Home Case In East Hampton

The house on Railroad Avenue.  PRESS FILE
Jul 9, 2019 3:27 PM

The property owner and house manager of an East Hampton home pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Monday to a total of 13 charges after a search warrant served a year ago led police to discover overcrowding and hazardous conditions in the residence. The defendants will pay a total of $21,000 upon entering the plea.

The property owner, Evan L. Davis of Jamaica, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the East Hampton Town code and will pay a fine of $10,000. Elorda Braham, who lived at the house, pleaded guilty to 12 charges and will pay a fine of $11,000.

According to the town, the single-family home, located at 38 Railroad Avenue just off Abraham’s Path, was housing 32 people, 18 of whom were sleeping on mattresses in the basement—adjacent to a gasoline-powered generator. No smoke detectors or carbon monoxide monitors were in the residence, and the presence of the generator could have resulted in deadly levels of carbon monoxide in the home, according to town officials.

Many residents of the house were seasonal workers and paid the manager of the house between $100 and $150 weekly for rent.

In addition to the fine, the defendants will be prohibited from renting the home to non-family members, and will be limited to nine family tenants. They also must allow at least seven reinspections of the property within the next 12 months.

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