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Southold Landlords Best Beware of The Town’s New Rental Permit Requirement

Three years after its adoption of legislation banning short term rentals in Southold, and after extensive review and revision to address public concerns, the Town Board adopted a new Rental Permit Code at its December 18, 2018 meeting.  The ban on renting homes for less than 14 days was intended to stifle the depletion of affordable long-term rentals and curb noise pollution and traffic congestion caused by transient weekend visitors who use Airbnb or VRBO.  This new law has a much broader application to rentals for any term by owners of one, two or multi-family dwellings within the Town. Continue reading Southold Landlords Best Beware of The Town’s New Rental Permit Requirement

The Effect of Divorce on Your Estate Plan

The ensuing months after the holiday season usually see an uptick in divorce filings. Some matrimonial practitioners even refer to the first Monday after New Year’s Day as “Divorce Monday.” Of course, many people chalk up this rise in divorce filings to the stress of the holidays or associate the increase in filings with people waiting until after the holidays to file for divorce.  A key issue that many of these people and others filing for divorce don’t often consider is what impact a divorce will have on the soon to be single’s estate plans.

 

During Your Divorce Proceeding

Soon after you, or your spouse, file for divorce your attorney will likely inform you of the Automatic Orders, under 22 NYCRR § 202.16-a. 22 NYCRR § 202.16-a basically provides that, in every matrimonial action after the service of the summons, restrictions are placed on the transfer of the assets of the marriage without the consent of the other party to the divorce or court order. Continue reading The Effect of Divorce on Your Estate Plan

Zoning Isn’t the Only Size Limitation in Historic Districts

An October 2018 New York State Supreme Court, Suffolk County decision setting aside a 2017 Southampton Village Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board decision approving a nearly 15,000 square foot house on Gin Lane may have considerable impacts on property owners looking to make additions to or replace structures located in any of the East End’s designated historic districts.

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New Pistol Permit Requirements Proposed In New York

A bill authored by Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, would require a background check of an individual’s social media and internet search engine history, when applying for, or renewing his or her pistol permit.

The bill, S9191, mandates pistol permit applicants to consent to an inspection of their social media accounts and search engine history as far as three (3) years back. To accomplish this, applicants would be required to divulge the existence of all of their social media accounts, including their user IDs and passwords.  The bill defines “social media accounts” as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and instagram.”  Meanwhile, “search engines” include Google, Yahoo and Bing.   Continue reading New Pistol Permit Requirements Proposed In New York