Long Island Residents Cry Foul Over Rentals After Deck Collapse Injures 2

Residents in one Long Island town are calling over illegally converted apartments after two people were hurt in a deck collapse late last week.

Two people were hurt when a deck at a home in East Setauket collapsed Friday night. Authorities had said that the home appeared to have been converted from a large single-family dwelling into a set of apartments.

Authorities said that the party -- which was attended by as many as 400 people -- appeared to be celebrating move-in for Stony Brook University. 

The home's owner told NBC 4 New York that four students had rented the home, including one who was his cousin.

But several residents said they think the home was another instance where a home was converted into an illegal boarding house for Stony Brook students.

Alan Steinbereg said that homes are being turned into apartment buildings because there isn't enough on-campus housing and called on the university to stop admitting more students than it can take. 

"It's a nightmare for us," he said.

A representative for Stony Brook said that the university -- which has 25,000 students and 10,000 on-campus beds -- is building more dormitories and warning students to avoid illegal housing.

"The safety and security of our students is a number-one priority," the representative said. 

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