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Bayonne officials consider ordinance to ban rental of single rooms within apartments

Under the plan, a renter couldn’t simply live in a room within an apartment. Instead, they would have to be provided with their own bathroom, kitchen space and entrance.

Chris Keating

Apr 17, 2024, 9:34 PM

Updated 40 days ago

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The Bayonne City Council plans a vote Wednesday night concerning housing and rentals. The council will vote on whether to ban the rental of single rooms within apartments. There’s also another ordinance under consideration concerning Airbnbs or short-term rentals.
Bayonne City Council members are looking to change the current ordinance.
Under the plan, a renter couldn’t just live in a room within an apartment. Instead, they would have to be provided with their own bathroom, kitchen space and entrance. Not doing so would equate to housing someone in an “illegal apartment.”
One of the reasons that single-room rentals are popular in Bayonne is because living in Bayonne is getting expensive. A one-to-two-bedroom apartment can run $3,000 per month, which is thousands less than some listings in neighboring Jersey City.
News 12 New Jersey looked online at listings and found that single-room rents can range from $700 - $1,300 and beyond.
Daniela Cardona is the owner of a two-family home in Bayonne.
“The rents are extremely high and people can’t pay them,” she says.
She says property and mortgage rates are high, so she gets why owners feel a need to rent rooms.
“I imagine that it’s almost like a last resort for people to keep their homes to rent out their rooms,” Cardona says.
But she sees the other side that often there’s a revolving door of tenants with room rentals. Often, she says, with people who may not care about the neighborhood.
Airbnbs are also being used for room rentals. News 12 spoke with Bayonne Council president Gary La Pelusa about modifying the rules surrounding Airbnbs and short-term rentals.
He says that under that proposal only a primary residence could be used and a person could stay no longer than 60 days.
He says that there have been complaints about Airbnb customers trashing properties, being too loud and being disrespectful to neighbors.
The city ordinance calls for penalties of up to $2,000 for those owners who violate rules concerning Airbnbs.


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