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Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Nottingham, United...
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Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Hi

I'm a little confused about the legality of AirBnb; I appreciate it's illegal (for most apartment types/situations) in NYC which includes Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. I was instead looking across the Hudson, in New Jersey. However I believe this is divided into different areas/cities; I read one article saying that New Jersey City had legalised it as long as you pay the 6% tourist tax, and they'd made an arrangement with AirBnb to collect this. I read that Hoboken was fairly relaxed but both Edgewater and North Bergen were looking into applying taxes or banning it entirely.

Is there somewhere I can get definite information? I'm a bit confused about how NJ is divided up too. One map shows only Bergen, Union and NJC in that area and doesn't mention Edgewater or Hoboken.

I'm looking at booking my flights in the next few days (for end of August) and would rather know which accommodation I can get before booking these and book/confirm my accommodation almost immediately after to secure it for those dates. If I book somewhere that it's currently legal, could it potentially change by August too?

I'd consider hotels but it's just me and my 10 year old daughter and we really want somewhere with a pool and a kitchen to be able to self cater rather than a hotel; the price differences may just make the trip unaffordable.

Thanks

Ross

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Loch Arbour, New...
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1. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Each New Jersey municipality has its own particular rules about AirBandBs. I don't know of any site that gives a summary of them. You also have some condos that have their own rules. Hopefully, one of our DE experts will give you an answer.

Hoboken, New Jersey
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2. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Even AirBnB is apparently not interested in making the rules known to people or we wouldn't have the dozen daily threads on the NYC forum about apartment short-term rentals. They've decided to leave this up to the renter to figure out at their risk.

Nottingham, United...
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3. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Pretty poor effort from Airbnb :(

Does anyone at least know the official city/municipality names so I can search each one and try and find their stance? Is there a set notice period/time too until a new rule will come in - i.e. might they have to give at least 2 months notice or something before changing the rules?

Loch Arbour, New...
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4. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Have you checked out apartment/hotels in NYC? That would be your ideal solution. Just go over to the NYC forum, give them your dates, and the need for a kitchenette and number of beds. They will be able to help you find something. Although I would forget about a pool.

Just my opinion.

Brooklyn, New York
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5. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Hudson County is the closet county in New Jersey to Manhattan, and the Wikipedia page for the county lists the official municipalities there: https:/…_New_Jersey

For travelers to NYC, you probably want to stay next to the 24 hour PATH train. Most PATH stops are in Jersey City, but Hoboken, Harrison, and Newark (just to the west of Hudson County) have a PATH station each. Some travelers stay in Weehawken, which does not have 24 hour public transportation to Manhattan, but has relatively quick ferry and bus service during regular hours.

Edited: 11 May 2018, 05:06
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6. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

For purposes of vising NYC the best locales are North Bergen, Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken and also Bayonne to a lesser extent. Of those, I've only seen people do Airbnbs in the first 3 but that doesn't mean they don't also do the other two. Harrison might be OK but I would be concerned about coming back late

Nottingham, United...
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7. Re: Legality of AirBnb in various New Jersey cities

Thanks everyone, some more very useful information there. Will check which municipalities the Airbnb properties I liked were in and see what official information I can find.

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