The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00168

Submission Number:
00168
Commenter:
Mark Gilfix
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been a guest and host on the airbnb platform. With housing costs rising in many parts of the country, including my home area. Airbnb has been a safe and invaluable resource to me. It has helped me pay the bills and expenses and has contributed to my ability to own a home. I have not taken any units "off the market" to do this. Rather, I have shared parts of my home while there, and rented my home when I have been out of town (only occasionally). It has been safe and reliable. The system provides trust and validation of identity. It has worked very well for me. It has also brought many visitors to my area. Visitors who have spent thousands of dollars at local businesses. I am a supporter of airbnb and the system it has created.