The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00277

Submission Number:
00277
Commenter:
Patricia Steele
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
By renting out the private space in my basement occasionally, and about bimonthly renting out my entire home--I can cover about half of my mortgage costs for my home in which I live as a single parent of two kids. When my daughters head to their father's for the weekend and the house is half empty, it's the perfect time to invite guests to use it. They get to live in a nice home appropriate for a family of 3 and I can afford it without going broke. What people do with their privately owned spaces should be up to the individuals. I pay taxes on the income that I earn and by no means should the District have the right to take additional fees just because of the special interests of local hotel owners. The cost of living in this city is outrageous. There is barely a single home on the market in the District suitable for a family of 3-4 people, and AirBnB makes it possible for many of us to afford it.