The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00382

Submission Number:
00382
Commenter:
Maria King
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I was recently laid off from a job and forced to apply for unemployment. Due to the high amount of my mortgage and the little amount of unemployment I was eligible to receive (even though it was the maximum amount), I was soon facing the thought of eviction if I did not find a way to help supplement my income while looking for another permanent position. Using AirBnB to rent out a space in my home provided me a way to help cover my mortgage, as well as helping the local economy as guests visited the area and spent money on dining out, entertainment, etc. I am glad that this option was available and would hate to see restrictions placed on this type of service.