The heightened battle in New York follows lawsuits that Airbnb has filed against its hometown San Francisco and in Santa Monica, Calif., which have both moved to fine the company for illegal listings. The company, which operates in a regulatory gray area around the globe, is also fighting tough battles in Amsterdam and Barcelona, Spain, which penalizes hosts who list illegal rentals, and in Berlin, which has banned most short-term rentals. The new law in New York allows authorities to fine hosts up to $7,500 if they are caught listing a property on a rental platform such as Airbnb. Get the full story at The New York Times Read also "Some thoughts on Airbnb’s struggles in New York State" at AVC and "Overhaul the laws for home-sharing: Airbnb proposes new rules for New York" at NY Daily News