Jersey City voters pass limits on Airbnb, short-term rentals

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Voters in a New Jersey city that’s a train stop away from tourist-packed Manhattan have approved restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.

Jersey City lawmakers passed the restrictions in June but short-term rental advocates gathered enough signatures to force a referendum.

Jersey City has become increasingly popular with tourists seeking an alternative to pricey New York lodging.

That’s led to complaints about absentee owners turning apartment buildings into de facto hotels.

Short-term renters said the Airbnb bonanza helped them defray high housing costs by bringing in guests.

The regulations limit how often landlords can rent properties if they don’t live on site.

They also forbid short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units if the owner isn’t present and prohibit renters from serving as hosts.

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