The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01174

Submission Number:
01174
Commenter:
Liz Fletcher
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To whom it concerns: I am writing to express my family's strong desire,and need, to support irbnb. [REDACTED] we have a teenage daughter, and I am a returning graduate student. We moved into this larger house with my invalid father and a sister and her son. At that time both my father and I sold our respective smaller homes. This larger house, which we bought as a foreclosure, kept my father out of a nursing home. After four years, my father passed away and my sister took a job out of state. Now the only way my family can continue on here, is to rent out the areas previously occupied by our extended family. I would hate to uproot my daughter and husband again, not to mention myself. I am 56 years old. Airbnb has been a God-send. We have separated the dwelling areas and adapted them to rent. Now middle class people are renting them as an alternative to expensive hotels with less amenities. So far our renters have been retired folks, women travelling alone, and students with meetings at the university. This is a critical financial solution for my family just to make ends meet. In our case we went from an extended family, with 3 heads of household under one roof, to one. [REDACTED] I can't afford the utilities alone. Airbnb has built in numerous safety and identity checks which makes it very comfortable to use. The guests who stay patronize restaurants and stores in the area. This enterprise is really a win-win for both hosts and guests. Frankly, I don't know what my family would do without airbnb. Thank you for reading this. Sincerely, Liz Fletcher