Take Action to Protect Hosting in Jersey City

The Jersey City Council intends to passing a law that would severely restrict hosting in Jersey City.  This is a complete reversal of the Ordinance passed in 2015.

Currently, existing hosts would only be permitted to continue Airbnb until January 1, 2021. We need to urge the City Council members to grandfather in existing hosts, who have invested time and money based on the 2015 ordinance.

The Council Members are voting on the Airbnb ordinance on Tuesday June 25th.  Every host in Jersey City needs to take the following actions:

Action #1: Email and Call Council Members

Please call and email the Council Members below every day to let them know that they should grandfather existing Airbnb hosts. You can also find the Council Member for your Ward on our map.

There are a few things you can say when you email or call the Council Members:

  1. Ask them a question that shows the importance of grandfathering and the downside of banning Airbnb. E.g. What will I do with the property I bought last year based on your 2015 ordinance? or I financed $50,000 in furniture because I thought Airbnb is legal. How do you suggest I pay this back if you don’t grandfather in existing hosts?

  2. Share your story about how banning Airbnb will hurt you.

  3. Suggest that they read our proposed grandfathering amendment

Joyce E Watterman  Phone: (201) 547-5134  Email:  jwatterman@jcnj.org

Joyce E Watterman

Phone: (201) 547-5134

Email: jwatterman@jcnj.org

Jermaine Robinson  Phone: (201) 547-5338  Email:  JDRobinson@jcnj.org

Jermaine Robinson

Phone: (201) 547-5338

Email: JDRobinson@jcnj.org

Denise Ridley  Phone: (201) 547-5098  Email:  DRidley@jcnj.org

Denise Ridley

Phone: (201) 547-5098

Email: DRidley@jcnj.org

Daniel Rivera  Phone: (201) 547-5319  Email:  DRivera@jcnj.org

Daniel Rivera

Phone: (201) 547-5319

Email: DRivera@jcnj.org

Action #2: Attend the City Council Vote

We need to fill the room with as many people as possible and urge them to grandfather existing hosts. This is our last chance!

When: Tuesday June 25th at 5 pm. Please prepare to stay until the early morning.

Where: City Hall- 280 Grove St

How to speak: Just show up. You do not need to register in advance and there is no time limit.