The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00191

Submission Number:
00191
Commenter:
Clare Shaffer
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My 92 year old mother moved into assisted living and left behind a fully furnished small cottage which was built on my 19 acre property. Last November I signed up with Airbnb to rent it out to visitors to my area in Central California. San Luis Obispo is wine country and I have had visitors from Southern California, Northern California and Finland! The income from the rentals is shared between me and my Mom, whose assisted living costs are astronomical. Every bit helps. Since my rental is in a rural area, there are no adverse effects to the neighborhood. My guests and I are in a win/win situation. Airbnb has designed it's program so that hosts and guests have no surprises and everything runs smoothly. I appreciate Airbnb's providing me with a venue to create some income for myself, my Mom, and the area which depends a great deal on tourism. In an era in which big business tends to squeeze out the little guy, Airbnb has given us a way to become small entrepreneurs. Airbnb also helps the county in which I live: I pay the county a 9% Transient Occupancy Tax on a monthly basis. I love the sharing economy! Sincerely, Clare Shaffer