The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00320

Submission Number:
00320
Commenter:
Robert Schwartz
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
As a host for Air B&B, I urge you to allow the average American to show guests a hospitable and welcoming home to stay in while visiting city's all across the U.S. I work as a director of Marketing & Sales in Boston and still can not pay for my mortgage. There is no way to get another job with the responsibilities that I have so I feel as though I have the right to host guests from around the world at my place, that i purchased myself, to help make ends meet. I would not be able to keep my place without the help from Air B&B. I have worked really hard to get to where I am at now in my life. Please do not put any restrictions on Air B&B that would preclude meto keep my place or from being able to be a great host to guests. Hotel prices in our city are at an all time high and services like Air B&B are a great way to allow those that may not have been able to afford to stay in our city, a new outlet to be able to travel and help spark not only Boston's but the world's economy. This movement will also wake up hotel owners to see that the prices they are asking for are ludicrous and unfair to the average American trying to travel and at the same time make ends meet. We are taking a risk by opening our homes up to guests and are doing so because we have to try and make ends meet, but we also enjoy showing travelers what our cities have to offer and to show them why our city's are so great by giving hem insider information. I think it's the way of the future and I urge you not to ruin that for not only the hosts but the travelers using services such as Air B&B. These new services are keeping the industry competitive and by putting restrictions on host you will not only be slowing down our economy but ending many people's lively hood as well. Sincerely, Bob Schwartz