The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00828

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Jill Mosher
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To The FTC, I am writing about how being able to list and host people through Airbnb has enriched our financial status as our retirement was not adequate to maintain our pre-retirement standard of living. We are able to pay our property taxes and mortgage with this added income and do some traveling. The ability to have a quality place for people to stay in if they are traveling from close by cities or from around the world has enriched our lives with the people we meet. It has allowed us to learn about other cultures and to share the richness of ours. Airbnb has excellent standards, safety with screening potential guests and excellent communications. They also help with the 1099 at the end of the year to help with our record keeping. We are enhancing our community by allow people an affordable place to stay and in return they visit our historical sites, and spend money in our many businesses. The taxes paid assist in running our local economy and advertising for Santa Barbara. This ability for local people to use their own private property for the betterment of this community is a win win. I've spoken with many of our guests who cannot afford $300.00 and up per night, and have been told they would not be visiting if that was the case. We keep our fees very reasonable and offer quality, personal and safe accommodations. The world is changing, the differences between the poor and middle class are narrowing and it should be reasonable for people to operate their personal lives without interference of government or others. We appreciate how Santa Barbara has set up this opportunity and in return, we pay 10% on total net plus a $2.00 per night fee, it is a win win. We understand some people will alway abuse this opportunity," one bad apple", but with a corporation such as Airbnb any potential abuse problems can be minimized. We encourage people to look into this kind of opportunity as an enhancement for their life style, it is making the difference in our lives, making retirement possible and very enjoyable. We would hope that with the FTC involvement we would not be weighed down with rules regulations, forms or other free enterprise killing encumbrances, but that these studies would open the door to opportunities for people such as us . Thank you again for this opportunity to speak out. Sincerely, Jill Mosher