JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City officials are threatening to fine four property owners in the Journal Square area for violating new rules related to the operation of short term rentals. The city is also threatening additional legal action against the owners of a Trenton Street building for violating health restrictions regarding large gatherings.

In 2019 Jersey City implemented strict regulations on short term rentals, requiring those who are allowed to do business to register with the city. The homeowners in question apparently failed to register and face fines of up to $2,000 per day until they do. The owners have ten days from the city’s legal notice to comply.

City officials, including Councilman Richard Boggiano, have also said that the home has become a nuisance, attracting large groups of people, in violation of current COVID-19 induced orders. These complaints led to the action by Jersey City’s Quality of Life Task Force.

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Taking action is AirBNB, the online platform that makes short term rentals available to those seeking accomodation. “We have taken a strong stance against any listing hosting mass gatherings in Jersey City,” a spokesperson for the company said. They company also previously issued a warning against mass gatherings and removed all listings related to the Trenton Street property.

“Under typical circumstances, Airbnb empowers our hosts to set House Rules on events and parties that are appropriate for their communities,” the company said in its release. “However, these are very different times, and public health must come first.”

“To that end, we have previously announced that we will not allow for hosts to authorize parties and events in regions where current public health mandates prohibit events and gatherings,” the statement continued. “We want to be very clear -- not only will we ban guests who attempt to throw an unauthorized party in a Jersey City Airbnb listing, we will be cooperating with Jersey City Police in any investigations relating to parties and violations of public health mandates, consistent with our Terms of Service.”

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