The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00355

Submission Number:
00355
Commenter:
Steve Bodtke
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."Ayn Rand Hello- My wife and I are relatively new "empty Nesters". Sharing our home with guests has been a wonderful way for us to share the home we love and stay in the home that is now bigger than we really need for just the two of us. Sites like AIRBNB SHOULD be the example of "win/ Win" for both government and the individual owner/ host. Revenue is tracked and the proper tax forms are filed so the "government win" is when they get "their cut" in the form of taxes and the "owner/ host win" is they are able to generate additional income by sharing their home and almost everyone needs a little extra these days. I encourage anyone considering ANY additional rules/ regulations for this most basic form of commerce- i.e. direct agreement between the consumer and the host- to RE-consider that idea and leave things alone. I am sure the big business hotel lobbyists are going to do all they can to make it more difficult for the hosts who simply want to share a home, and the guests who would simply prefer to stay in a private home instead of a hotel. Leave it up to the hosts and guests to make their own decisions and don't complicate things by getting involved in ANY way. Regards, Steve Bodtke Blacksburg, VA