Jersey City Council votes down repeal of Airbnb regulations


By Joshua Rosario
The Jersey Journal

The Jersey City Council doesn’t appear to be budging on its support of new short-term rental regulations.

The council Wednesday voted down the introduction of an ordinance to repeal a controversial measure it adopted in June that creates new rules governing short-term rental services like Airbnb. The council voted 7-1 against repealing its June ordinance, despite a petition drive seeking the reversal of the law.

The ordinance in question institutes an annual 60-day cap for short-term rental properties if the owner is not on site. It will also prohibit Airbnb and other short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units and phase out existing short-term rental contracts by Jan. 1, 2021. The ordinance also prohibits renters from serving as short-term rental hosts.

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