The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00583

Submission Number:
00583
Commenter:
mei xue
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We have a vacation home at Hawaii. since we are still working and won't retire in 10 years, we only use about 2 to 3 weeks a year staying in the house. But we can't rent out the house as long term rental since we would like to stay in our home when we visit the island. So we rent out the rest of the days as vacation rental to low the cost of keeping this vacation home. Travelers loves staying in our home, since it has the home feel, and they can experience how local people live the life in Hawaii. We hire an on island property manager who takes good care of our guests. So far, Airbnb is the best listing site for me. I also love travel and stay at airbnb places too. Their search is the best, service is top notch, and their fee is reasonable. I even like their rigid review system, it helps with the security and safety too. I can see travelers love book the reservation through airbnb as well. I think we should allow people to share their accommodation when it's not in use, but its reasonable for the local government to charge hotel tax. (such as the Hawaii TA and GE tax). Best, Mei