The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01306

Submission Number:
01306
Commenter:
Kathy McEvers
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I feel that I am able to contribute to this discussion, both as an individual who has recently become an Airbnb Host, as well as a member of a community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is currently involved in a zoning dispute concerning property owners who rent their properties through VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner.) The VRBO property owners are advertising their properties online as being "available for events," in violation of our local zoning (which allows rentals, but for registered guests only. It is important that the those who participate in this "sharing economy" do not trample on the property rights of others. We will be hosting guests this summer, look forward to it, but have kept our neighbors informed of what we are doing. There is no doubt that when a community becomes a rental community, it changes the the nature of the community...in small ways, as well as not so small ways. I imagine that the hotel/motel industry is pretty "freaked out" about this (competition.) It has grown suddenly----and rapidly. As we are new to this, I don't have any specific rental experiences to share at this time, but will soon. We have been engaged in attending local zoning hearings to protest against those property owners who are renting their properties for events (weddings.)