The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01553

Submission Number:
01553
Commenter:
Jean gard
State:
North Carolina
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I rent out one room and one private bathroom of my very modest modular home in a very modest neighborhood in West Asheville NC. I earn about $1000 monthly which I use, mainly, to pay my mortgage and maintain my home. I couldn't keep my house if it weren't for the Airbnb income. I have SS and a small annuity but living on $36,000 annually isn't easy - especially as I still have a mortgage of $733 monthly. I love this job! I love the people who come here! And as I cook breakfast but do not allow others to prepare meals here, my guests definitely contribute to the Asheville economy by dining out and shopping here. I feel safe (very safe) with my guests as Airbnb has good screening tools and frankly attracts good people. I am looking at replacing 4 tires on my used car and repairing gutters and removing a tree. With the income from Airbnb, I am not panicking. I am a middle class, college educated retired marketing manager who loves my job and needs this income. I am hopeful that the shared economy concept that allows me to run this small business is allowed to stay in this country. I love Airbnb and plan to continue my business with them. They are now paying a 10% room tax to Buncombe Country which makes me feel "legit" and fair to others in the hospitality business. Thank you. Jean Gard Age 73.