The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00430

Submission Number:
00430
Commenter:
Steven Spinella
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We invite guests to stay in our home through Airbnb. We do this to show hospitality to strangers, to care for people in need, and as an extension of our practice of hosting guests we meet through our nonprofit ministry roles. We believe that hosting people in our home is an act of sharing that is appropriate and totally distinct from the economic business of hotels and guest homes. The fees we charge serve to cover some of our expenses and are reported on our tax returns as income received, but we are not in the business of running a guest house nor are we providing a hotel service. We understand that some people also use airbnb to run guest homes and manage short term rentals, but we would ask that you recognize that hosting guests in our personal home, living with us, is not the same. Regulations that are designed for businesses have no place in our home, which is regulated and taxed already in ways appropriate for homes. We cherish the relationships we enjoy and the care we are able to show by sharing our home. Our guests feel similarly.