What to know before you pay to sleep in someone’s home or on their couch
Home-sharing services like AirBnB and HomeAway are giving the hotel industry a run for its money. Now travelers usually have additional lodging options when on the road. Instead of staying at a $200-per-night hotel in an in-demand location, travelers can rent out a room in a local home or even an entire house.
Not all cities approve of businesses like AirBnB
The changes brought by services like AirBnB have not been universally welcomed. For example, the services are restricted in New York. A person wishing to rent out a room must remain on the property when guests are present. This prevents homeowners from operating de facto hotels from afar without having to comply with the laws, rules and regulations that hotel operators have to follow. Other cities oppose AirBnB on primarily economic grounds, saying that AirBnB and similar services harm local hotel industries.
Jersey City embraces AirBnB
Late last year, Jersey City announced legislation late last year that would legalize AirBnB within city limits. While some hail the move as an example of a city embracing an evolving industry, travelers looking for a place to stay during their next trip to Jersey City should consider the effects of this legislation:
Most significantly, booking a home, room or couch in Jersey City on AirBnB will require you to pay a 6 percent tax to the city.