Add "Do Not Knock" to "Do Not Call" in the Town of Hempstead

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 NRDS ID#641625055

In addition to the popular "Do Not Call" program, we can now add "Do Not Knock."


This recent Newsday article explains it fully.


My initial reaction is disappointment that it doesn't pertain to everyone.  If anti-disturbance rules are going to exist, they should exist across the board.

Non-profits can still knock but, honestly, I already have my favorite charities and if these organizations show up at an inopportune time, I won't be any happier than I would have been for a sales call.

As a real estate agent, this may translate to the old-fashioned pen to paper. You can't knock and you can't call, but for the time being, you can still write. That is still a great way to connect.


Door-to-door solicitors face steeper penalties under Hempstead Town proposal


March 9, 2015

Solicitors who make unwanted house calls in the Town of Hempstead would face steeper penalties under a policy change the town board is to consider this month as part of a new "Do Not Knock" program.

The town is distributing free window decals in an effort to prevent door-to-door salespeople -- such as those offering water filtration systems or other services -- from disturbing residents.

"If there is a Do Not Knock sign on the door, they do not knock and that's it," Town Supervisor Kate Murray said at a news conference Monday at the Levittown home of Margaret and Edward Tardibuono. "And if they don't [respect it], they face a $500 penalty."

The couple, both retirees, have lived in their Sheep Lane house for 40 years. Only recently have they noticed an uptick in the number of door-to-door salespeople, with four to five coming to the house in the past couple of months, Margaret Tardibuono said.

Currently, the town prohibits salespeople from knocking on the doors of residents who have posted "No Soliciting" signs.

Under the new proposal, fines for solicitors who disregard "Do Not Knock" signs on residences would increase to $500 per violation from $250. Subsequent violations would result in a $1,000 fine. Solicitors who operate without a town permit would be subject to an additional $500 fine, up from $250. The law would not affect political organizations or nonprofits such as Girl Scouts selling cookies, Murray said.

The decals -- vinyl window clings that measure 3 inches by 7 inches and display the words "Do Not Knock" and "No Peddlers" -- are designed to discourage unwanted solicitors. Murray said the town put in an initial order of 20,000 to 30,000 decals, anticipating a lot of interest in the program.

"It affects us all," she said, adding that solicitors "always seem to have a radar accuracy to knock when you're just sitting down to dinner or you're in the middle of something that really requires your attention."

Murray said in an interview she's heard support for the proposal from every demographic -- particularly from senior citizens but also from young parents and professionals.

Residents who encounter violators should call their police precinct or the town, and an officer or building inspector will respond, town spokesman Mike Deery said.

Nassau County police spokesman Insp. Kenneth Lack said officers will respond to enforce the local ordinance just as they would a state or federal law.

The Town of Oyster Bay has a similar program that offers free decals to residents and imposes a fine of up to $250 on unlicensed solicitors and those who knock on doors despite the warnings.

The Hempstead Town Board is to hold a public hearing on the policy change March 24 and the board is expected to vote the same day, Murray said.

The free decals are available immediately. Residents should call the town at 516-812-3200 to have stickers mailed to them.

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jill, this is interesting. My experience is that most do not answer their phones ... period.  That means for me I need to knock the door if I am going to get face time.  I send letters and I get no response.  Face time or phone is the only way I feel I can get an appointment.

Mar 12, 2015 10:59 AM #1
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

I understands the countys position in trying to  reduce  door to door solitations and protecting homeowners safety aswell; but  sometime these types of restrictions should have some sort of leaway-  During the recent bad snows days our local NY news reported that two teenage highschool boys who simply wanted to make extra money buy offering to shovel snow of elderly homeowner were fined because they did not have a permit. 

Mar 12, 2015 11:29 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It's been awhile since I saw a "Do Not Knock" sign at a door.  I hope your law works better than the National Do Not Call List has.  I continue to get robo calls on a daily basis.

Mar 12, 2015 01:16 PM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jill. I like this idea but agree it should be across the board.

Mar 13, 2015 12:17 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Another sign of the time. And more reasons why real estate folks need to stop cold-calling via phones or doors. It's not something anyone appreciates - PERIOD. I too think it should be across the board. It will be interesting to see how it works. 

Mar 19, 2015 05:27 AM #5
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Kathleen Daniels I know. Now that you can see who's calling, many people don't answer their phones.

Michele Cadogan How ridiculous is that? Another example of something that's gone completely overboard - a rule probably made by someone who earned money just the same way as a kid.



Mar 19, 2015 08:06 AM #6
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Myrl Jeffcoat I do too. There are always those who manage to sneak past.

Sheila Anderson I dislike that they get to decide who the regulation doesn't apply to.

Debb Janes I agree that it's not appreciated. Perhaps, it will give added weight to posted mail.


Mar 19, 2015 08:10 AM #7
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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We do not have this in condos. You can't get in unless someone would let you in. Or, maybe they are not that active in our neck of the woods.

Mar 24, 2015 10:12 AM #8
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