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I do understand about getting the benefit of the residence, and then sueing for monies back. However, I'm told that in New York if you rent an illegal rent, the tenant can not only get the deposit back, but punative damages as well. I'd be happy with the sizeable deposit back. Happier even still to send a message to this woman that she cant abuse people. Believe me when I tell you that she was lucky to have me come along - b arely a month later we had Hurricane Sandy. SHE had the benefit of income from these cottages. My view is that she shouldn't be rewarded for now nickel and diming me for making her whole there on the beach. Her house sustained quite a bit of damage. It's right in front of the cottages. Anyway, thank you for your answer; I believe that the folks in zoning and health in our small town seemed to be interested in my concerns and may be inclined to pay her a visit.
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