The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00723

Submission Number:
00723
Commenter:
Richard Hoierman
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been using Airbnb as a host for over two years. I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. I have hosted travellers from Korea, Australia, Germany, Canada, Belgium, France, UK, and mant US states. The income I get from hosting guests is very intregal to my ability to pay bills since I am retired. I have annual medical expenses in excess of $18,000.00 and this income allows me to pay for a portion of the medical expenses. Please understand that there is a need in the marketplace for this type of business and that it has been going on for decades. My grandmother hosted guests in the 1930s during the Great Depression to make ends meet!