The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00230

Submission Number:
00230
Commenter:
Doreen Jankovich
State:
Nebraska
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To the Federal Trade Commission, I am a recently retired teacher who hosted a guest from Taiwan. I went to an open workshop to learn about Airbnb and how the process works, before I considered hosting. I was assured threefold: taxes would be paid according to local tax rules, insurance for hosts would be provided and I would have the ability to select my guests. I felt the process to be safe and above board. I selected the young investor from Taiwan to learn more about their culture and to share about American culture. I've lived in a foreign country for four years and understand the difficulties with communication. Also as a former congressional intern, the Taiwanese Embassy hosted several events for political interns to attend. This was my way to pay it forward. Omaha does not at this time have a lot of hotels to accomodate the Berkshire Hathaway Crowd, so I offered to host. The rent on my part was fair and basically paid for me to update my upstair's bedroom with fresh paint, new shower curtain, sheets, coverlet and towels. So my earnings helped the local economy. I went beyond my role as host by providing transportation to my guest and attending most of the BKH events. The guest purchased many items to take back home and left with warm feelings about Omaha and the people he has met. If I get the opportunity to host again, I plan to use the funds for home improvement--like finally getting energy efficient windows. I hope my comments help you understand the benefits of being an Airbnb host and how it helps the economy, international relations and general good will. Thank you for considering my comments. Sincerely, Doreen Jankovich