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Airbnb-backed group petitions to challenge Jersey City ordinance

BY Julie Daurio, Associate Producer |

Jersey City’s short-term rental community is hoping to take its fight against a new city ordinance to voters.

The group, backed by Airbnb, turned in a petition with more than 20,000 signatures to challenge new restrictions the city placed on short-term rentals last month.

Once certified, the petition will force the city council to either repeal the ordinance or allow voters to decide its fate on a ballot question this fall.

Airbnb claims the city passed the ordinance without sufficient input from residents who rely on those rentals.

The ordinance placed an annual 60-day cap on a rental property when the owner isn’t on-site and bars Airbnb and other vacation rental sites in buildings with more than four units.