The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00748

Submission Number:
00748
Commenter:
Pamela Walden
State:
Tennessee
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
In support of sharing economy, consider the impact that having a small business has on unemployment, local businesses, local taxes. My apartment is rented to short term guests, and their impact on local restaurants, gas, groceries, entertainment venues, in our metropolitan area in general is truly important. Without an option of Air B and B rentals, many visitors to our city would certainly be reduced. The small profit we personally make, assists us to keep our farm a valued piece of rural landscape in an area surrounded by subdivided housing. So our benefit is to our guests and our neighborhood, as well as our city. I would not be able to rent our property without Air B and B's security system. I could not afford a screening program and keep my rates so reasonable. They also allow me the ability to safely communicate with guests and for them to safely communicate with me. My rates are reasonable for our struggling middle class families and I feel strongly that we need to address this population's ability to have an option that suits their ability to pay for clean, fair accommodation. My profit, at least 50%, goes directly into our local economy via material goods, utilities and taxes. If we are to maintain this growing, popular mode of affordable accommodation choice, then we need to support my and Air B and B's efforts to continue this sustainable sharing economy. I love my guests, appreciate the goodness and diversity it brings to Nashville, and it has opened my heart and mind to accept goodness in people, and to share this goodness with others. We must help one another, sharing, without that, we are an island, isolated and lonely. The human race was not meant for aloneness existence.