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The City Council voted to table the proposed ordinance and form a committee to rewrite it. The committee will consist of four City Council members.

The committee has invited members of the public to speak their opinion on Thursday May 23rd at 5 pm at City Hall- 280 Grove St. No advanced registration is required and each person will have 2.5 minutes to speak.

 
 

Jersey City’s new short-term rental ordinance (now tabled and being revised)

In 2015 Jersey City legalized short-term rentals and began collecting hotel taxes. Last year alone, the city collected $1.9 Million in tax revenue from short term rentals.

At the April 24, 2019 City Council Meeting, a new ordinance was introduced that would shut down a large portion of Airbnb’s in Jersey City. Below are some highlights from the proposed ordinance. Please note that this ordinance has since been tabled and is being revisited.

Full apartment rentals in buildings larger than 3 units will be illegal

If you live in a rental apartment building that has more than 3 apartments, listing your full apartment on Airbnb will be illegal. Only room rentals while you are present will be allowed.

Tenants may not operate short term rentals or apply for a short term rental permits

If you rent your property, you will not be permitted to list it on Airbnb, even if you have permission from your landlord to sublet you apartment as a short-term rental.

Property owners who live on site are limited to one airbnb unit

If you have a 3 family home and live in one unit, only one of the other units may be a short term rental. Operating both units as an Airbnb will be illegal.

 
 

Frequently asked questions

Q. My lease says that I’m allowed to do short term rentals. Will this new ordinance affect me?

A. Yes! If this ordinance is passed it will be illegal for tenants to operate a property as a short term rental or apply for a short term rental permit.

The proposed ordinance reads “A tenant of a property may not apply for a short-term rental permit, nor shall the property or any portion thereof be sub-leased by the tenants on a short term rental basis or operated as a STRP by the tenant. This STRP regulation shall supersede any confilicting provision in a private leasea greement permitting sub-leasing of the property, or any portions of the property…”

Q. I own a 4 family home and live in one unit. Can I Airbnb one of the other units?

A. No. According to the new ordinance, no short term rentals are permitted if the building has more than 3 units even if you own the building and live there.

Q. I have a two family home where I live downstairs and Airbnb the other unit. How will I be affected?

A. Under the proposed ordinance, you would be permitted to rent one unit on Airbnb if you live in the other unit as long as you meet all the requirements. Below are some highlight from the requirements.

  1. Apply for a short-term rental permit- $500 non-refundable fee

  2. Pay a renewal fee of $300 per year for the permit

  3. Keep a log of all guests (not just the guest who reserved) including names, ages, and dates of stay

  4. Not rent to a primary occupant under the age of 21

  5. Be available 24 hour a day 7 days per week for the purpose of responding to any complaints within 2 hours

Click here for the full list of 50+ requirements.

Q. I live in a rental apartment building with 100 units. Can I rent out my full apartment on Airbnb?

A. No. According to the new ordinance, renting our your full apartment would be illegal since your building has more than 3 units.

Q. I own a 2 family home. Currently, one apartment is rented to long term tenants and one is listed on Airbnb. Will this be permitted under the new ordinance?

A. No. Under the new ordinance your Airbnb unit would be illegal since you are not owner occupying the other unit.

The proposed ordinance reads “Short term rentals shall be permitted to be conducted in the following classification of property in the City of Jersey City…One dwelling unit within a two-family residental dwelling, where the other unit is owner-occupied and identified by the owner as his or her principal residence