The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01291

Submission Number:
01291
Commenter:
Patricia Christian
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
As an airbnb host we were able to find renters for our home when we had a job opportunity in another state. We were able to cover the cost of maintaining two homes with the money we earned. We hired a friend of a friend to help out with letting people in and prepping the house. It was a relief to us as well that someone was in our house for the 4 months we were away. Our neighbor also appreciated that the house was not empty. We carefully selected guests so we had no problems at all. In the time we were away we rented to one family who is relocating tot he area (3 months) and a variety of people coming to the Buffalo NY area for sightseeing, family reunions, funerals, college graduation, and a ski trip. We promoted our local economy by giving suggestions for fun things to do in Buffalo - unique restaurants, architecture, and other sights. It has been a booon to us, to our community, and to our guests. As guests we have met interesting people across the US, who share a bit about their community with us in a convenient and safe setting. We do still stay at motels sometimes, but it has been fun using airbnb to see more of an area. That said, it is a real PROBLEM in places like NYC. Our son who lives in Brooklyn is concerned that when his lease is up the landlord will not renew it, instead opting to rent their apartment out on airbnb, as he does with the apartment downstairs. He is a freelance videographer, and can't afford more than he is currently paying. There is a real danger in NYC and SF that airbnb will worsen an already serious lack of affordable housing. But this is not a problem in Kenmore, or Dubuque, or Missoula... Please be sensible. Thanks you for your consideration. Pat Christian