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North Jersey Towns Move To Ban Air BnB, Other Short Term Rentals

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January 30, 2017 7:23 PM

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Short term room rentals are big business in the New York area, but towns in northern New Jersey are moving to ban them and homeowners could face fines.

Suzanne Warfield told CBS2’s Meg Baker that she thinks of herself as a super host — renting a room in her home for more than two years now, and charging $100 a night — she made more than $14,000 in 2016.

Now, the Village of Ridgewood has put a ban on short-term rentals.

“The village has legitimate concerns about party houses, that’s not me. I am a single woman, enjoy living in this community, and being able to rent a bedroom is allowing me to stay in my home during difficult financial times,” she said.

Many of her guests are repeat customers with ties to the area, or couples looking for a new home.

“Three sets of grandparents who come into town to visit their grandchildren,” she said.

In Ridgewood, there are 63 homes playing host to Air BnB. The village had 3,000 guests in 2016.

Ridgewood’s mayor said the niche travel industry had not been addressed with zoning rules until now.