- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The Town of Hilton Head Island is getting an outside legal opinion to see what can be done about people who subdivide their condominium units - something critics say is a fire hazard and attracts criminal activity.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/1T0hIyy ) some condo owners on the resort island are turning second and third bedrooms into separate units to collect more rent.

Mayor David Bennett wants the town to ban the units after officials found they did not violate electric codes or existing town ordinances. Town council agreed this month to hire a Columbia law firm to advise the council.

Officials say a lack of individual circuit breakers for the subdivided units is a fire hazard. Some residents complain the lower rents have attracted criminals.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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