The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00200

Submission Number:
00200
Commenter:
Jessica Engels
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear FTC members, My brother and I rent out our extra room on Airbnb. This has helped us out dramatically. this extra income has allowed my brother to concentrate on building his auto detailing business and has allowed me to afford health insurance and start paying off my student loan that I couldn't afford before. We also provide travelers with a cheaper alternative to the overpriced hotels around our area. We live by a lot of local businesses whom we include in all of our suggestions to our guests. My mother just moved to California and can't find work and can't retire just yet. Airbnb would also provide her some extra income if she got her own place with an extra room. Please consider how much this helps out people who actually rely on this income for pressing matters. Thanks so much!!