Jersey City voters to decide on hotly contested Airbnb rules

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(AP) - Jersey City residents will vote Tuesday on whether to approve restrictions on home-sharing companies like Airbnb.

They've been barraged with television ads and leaflets in recent weeks.

Jersey City has seen home-share rentals increase since New York City cracked down on them in recent years.

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Jersey City's council approved rules that would prohibit renters from sharing their homes, limit how often a home could be rented and forbid home-sharing in larger buildings.

Airbnb helped home-sharing advocates force a referendum. The San Francisco-based company says the restrictions will apply to more than 90 percent of the city and unfairly impact renters, most of whom are minorities.

The city says the rules are fair and are aimed more at companies that buy up multiple properties and turn them into de facto hotels.

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