The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00817

Submission Number:
00817
Commenter:
Stephanie Lee
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
It is important to me personally, socially, and financially to rent my apartment with air B&B. My rental has introduced me to people from all parts of the world, I feel I am an ambassador for San Diego and for the United States. In turn, I have received invitations to visit Israel, England, and Arizona. Financially, my short-term rental has allowed me to maintain my 90-year-old house, which is good for the neighborhood. My guests are charming, kind, thoughtful and curious about San Diego. They tour our zoo, our museums, dine in our restaurants, enjoy Balboa Park. They support our local economy and because they do, it allows our businesses and institutions to survive and thrive. Short-term rentals offer travelers a different way of experiencing the city, not everyone wants to stay in a hotel, this mode of travel is more personal, and more interesting to many people. I believe short-term rentals are an important alternative to traveling, I understand it is new and there is always chaos before transformation Important alternative to traveling, I understand it is new and there is always chaos before transformation but with the correct regulations traditional hotels can cohabit with short term rentals.