On Dec. 3 at 6:46 p.m., someone requested Sleepy Hollow police assistance with possible illegal tenants living in a second floor apartment on 49 Elm Street.
According to the police reports, officers were sent and reported speaking with several tenants who said they are paying monthly rent to a tenant and not the landlord for a room on the second floor.
The landlord stated the apartment was officially leased to that tenant and their child only. Further police investigation revealed the tenant was subleasing the apartment to several other subjects and charging them from $350 to $550 monthly per room. The landlord was advised of this and said he would speak to the building department regarding the matter.
In a separate incident:
On Dec. 5 at 9:30 p.m., someone reported items were missing from two rooms in his apartment on 60 Depeyster Street. Police were told that two piggy banks were missing but found no sign of forced entry.
An officer spoke with several residents at the location and looked around quickly but found no piggy banks.
However, police would be completing a building department referral to investigate the apparent subletting of rooms at that location.
What may begin as a police matter ends with the building department.
Police Chief Gregory Camp said when the police see something amiss, from what looks to be unauthorized construction to illegal housing, they have to refer cases to the building department since “they can’t take direct action.”
Both of these cases were referred to the Building Department’s Sean McCarthy for further investigation.