The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01177

Submission Number:
01177
Commenter:
Mark Middlebrooks
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am writing on behalf of my involvement as a host with Airbnb. I have worked with Airbnb for about the past year, in the capacity of helping sustain a more amenable arrangement for a vacation rental property (as opposed to long term leasing). The experience has been helpful in assisting me to pay the mortgage and has even compelled me to consider a more permanent small business venture, using Airbnb as a primary host site for vacation rentals. Without Airbnb, I was finished with this rental property and was going to let it default back to the bank. Airbnb has given me some hope that I might be able to continue to sustain the property, and has even inspired me to consider a more formal small business structure for this property, my own home, and perhaps additional investment properties in the future. Thank you for your time and consideration.