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Town targets housing near Stony Brook University

Nearly 100 houses near Stony Brook University are suspected of being used as illegal off-campus rentals for hundreds of college students, Brookhaven Town officials said.

Since launching a crackdown earlier this year, town officials have taken 68 landlords to court for allegedly renting rooms in single-family homes in Stony Brook and Setauket, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said last week. Most of the alleged violations involved renting without town permits, he said.

An additional 30 houses are under investigation, Romaine said, adding that students and the university are not at fault.