The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01043

Submission Number:
01043
Commenter:
Laurie Pousman
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear Member of the FTC: I'm writing to provide my experience in the sharing economy explicitly with Airbnb and how it is helping forge a new economic driver for everyday people. We rent a room of our home which has helped me generate some income. I relocated from an urban to a rural area and with the move I lost my ability to practice law. The closest urban center in which I could practice is 90 miles away. The extra income I earn is not just good for us but more importantly it is good for our local economy. We are located in Sonoma Wine Country and our guests frequent the local wineries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques in our town and county. They are an important source of income to our local businesses. Allowing homeowners like us to rent to tourists fills in a gap in the local hospitality community. There aren't enough hotel rooms to satisfy the visitors and owners like us provide an ability to accommodate more visitors to our town as well as fitting into most budgets since our rates are much lower than local hotels and B&Bs. And as hosts we pay all the mandatory occupancy taxes to our county and are registered. So we play by the same rules as the hotels. We are a viable and more affordable option not unfair competitors. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Laurie Pousman