The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00466

Submission Number:
00466
Commenter:
Sherri Clearlake
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Greetings, I am the owner of a 4-plex in San Jose California. I also live in one of the units. We moved here, along with my parents, sister, and my daughter in 2007 to take care of my parents before they passed. We were a single family living in all of the units. One of the units is now rented through Airbnb. We are able to: host international families providing them an alternate to the expense of hotels, we also hosts groups of college students here on summer internships, we can keep the space available as needed for family, and the Airbnb income allows us to keep this unit in our family providing income for use and to help with college and retirement savings. As a country we need to increase avenues for sharing, whether this is a group of families sharing a lawn-mower or a family sharing a home or car. Sharing increases, not decreases, available resources. I would be happy to pay local taxes if there was a structure to do so. The existing regulatory frameworks must be made responsive to new sharing economy business models while maintaining appropriate consumer protections. Thank you, Sherri Clearlake