Couple claims East Hampton is violating the constitution in “unreasonable searches”

May 03, 2017 05:31PM

A Montauk couple is suing East Hampton to challenge its right to inspect their property without cause, 27East reported. Under a covenant with a previous owner, the town has the authority to inspect the home because it has an artist’s studio. Claiming that they weren’t aware of the agreement — no official record of it exists — the couple contends that the inspections may violate the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures. The town, on the other hand, argues that the inspections are necessary to ensure artist’s studios are not being misused as rental properties. [27East]