Huntington Code Enforcement officers and Suffolk County police cracked down last month on two Huntington Station residences that were found to have illegal apartments, and be in violation of town code, according to town officials.
A total of 17 summonses were issued to the residences, which are located at 104 W. 21st St. and 46 E. 12th St. The summonses resulted from a search warrant executed May 25.
Town officials said code enforcement officers focused on 104 W. 21st St. after they noticed a large number of cars parked outside of the residence; litter and debris on the property; and a fence that was in disrepair. Officers reportedly learned that there were multiple apartments in the structure, and the search warrant later uncovered three apartments in the single-family dwelling.
A total of 11 summonses were issued for the property. Notices of violation were issued for missing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and for electrical hazards.
The basement apartment, first floor apartment and second story addition were found to be unfit for human habitation, and notices were placed on the building, town officials said.
At the second location, a total of six summonses were issued, centering on a detached garage that had been illegally converted into a dwelling, according to town officials. There were no municipal authorizations for the conversion of the garage to a habitable space so the structure was declared unfit for human habitation and a notice was placed on the garage.
Notices of violation also were issued for a missing smoke and carbon monoxide detector and no rental permit.
The summonses, in both cases, are returnable in Third District Court.
“These two cases exemplify the stepped-up code enforcement efforts to crack down on illegal housing in Huntington Station, in coordination with the Suffolk County Police Department,” Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “The town understands how illegal, substandard housing affects the community’s quality of life and we will continue to identify locations where property owners are violating Town code and will take appropriate action.”
Tenants at the residences were given a phone number to call for emergency housing, according to town officials.