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Jersey City’s carpenter’s union announced its opposition to a ballot question that would place substantial limits many short term rentals there.
“There is no doubt that this ordinance is a ban on short-term rentals and a burden on working families,” the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters Local 253 said. “Our membership sees that special interests have gotten in the way of the ultimate goal to put the residents of Jersey City on a path to a better economic future. The hard-working people of Jersey City need to come first, and that means VOTING NO on this ballot question.”
The ballot questions asks voters whether the city should ban short term rentals in buildings with more than four units and would also bars short term rentals for more than 60 days in units where the owner does not live.
The measure’s backers say the measure will aid the city with its increasingly tight housing market.
Opponents say it will hurt the city’s economy.
“Like many Jersey City residents, Local 253 joins us in seeing this ordinance for what it is: a BAN on short-term rentals,” said Graeme Zielinski, spokesperson for the Keep Our Homes campaign. “The union knows too well that its members and this city’s working families rely on the short-term rental economy to pay their bills, and they cannot afford this ban.”