TO GO WITH AFP STORY by ELOI ROUYER
A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on April 28, 2016.
Berlin will from Sunday, May 1, 2016, restrict private property rentals through Airbnb and similar online platforms, threatening hefty fines in a controversial move meant to keep housing affordable for locals. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHN MACDOUGALL TO GO WITH AFP STORY by ELOI ROUYER A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on April 28, 2016. Berlin will from Sunday, May 1, 2016, restrict private property rentals through Airbnb and similar online platforms, threatening hefty fines in a controversial move meant to keep housing affordable for locals. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Airbnb sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that they will sue New York if he signs a bill which imposes steep fines on people who advertise short-term rentals that violate New York City's rules that prohibit rentals for less than 30 days without the host present. Forbes staffer Kia Kokalitcheva reports on the potential legal issue for which Airbnb's legal counsel claims that the bill violates federal law and the United States Constitution.

With regards to violating the constitution, Airbnb looks at two amendments in particular:

Airbnb also argues that the proposed New York bill also violates the First Amendment’s freedom of speech...Moreover, Airbnb says that the proposed bill violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, as it would trigger penalties against hosts and listing services without the parties knowing that a listing was not compliant with short-term rental laws.

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