The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01356

Submission Number:
01356
Commenter:
Kendall Essex
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear DC Folks, I am writing to share with you my very personal gratitude to Airbnb for helping me to continue living in Davis, California, where I have resided since coming to school here in 2001. I fell in love with this town, and am presently raising my vivaciously well-adjusted daughter who is now 7 learning Spanish in a wonderful Spanish Immersion charter school that she bikes to most days. I are presently leasing a 4 bedroom house that I have occupied for 8 years. I need to sublease at least 2 of the rooms on a continual basis to afford living here. And this was the case even before I lost my decently paid job of 9 years last August. Davis is a particularly "family friendly" university town, which also makes the rents in this area very expensive. And these rents are rising. I would likely have already had to make the hard choice of moving from Davis, uprooting my daughter [and away from her dad] if it weren't for Airbnb. Every guest that I have hosted through Airbnb has been a guest worth getting to know. And the added security and monetary transaction services that Airbnb provides has made the job I was having to do as a host all along through less trustworthy sources that much less stressful so that my daughter and I can continue to stay put here. And I take pride in being a good host while providing a cozily homey environment with good knowledge of what Davis has to offer to the folks who come through here. Please keep Airbnb accessible to us lower income folk for the sake of maintaining a truly diverse Community! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Kendall & Anna