The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01609

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Susan Maddalena
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
April 1st I opened our home to Airbnb guests by becoming an Airbnb host. Our home is close to Yosemite National Park. I knew that housing was an issue in our area, being in a small rural community, and that the job opportunities are few and far between especially for a 62 yo. Being able to host guests has had positive impact on all involved. The guests are mid-income traveling as inexpensively as possible. They bring the tourist trade to our area which is a relied upon asset in this small community. The guests would not be able to afford the local hotels, the Park is impacted and camping is not a viable to international travelers, i.e. bringing camping gear from aboard. Guests do not have to run through the Park in one day and in turn the staying does bring revenue into the area. Being a host obviously has had a positive impact on my financial state. I am able to start paying off credit cards and medical bills. MY husband can breathe easier as his job is month to month because of the economic situation. We have two college age children which we are providing an education for. I strongly believe that Airbnb is a win-win for both the host and the guest plus the economy. I do not believe that Airbnb hinders the hotel/motel trade. It has a separate role from the industry of travelers who want that type of stay. I believe Airbnb helps the regular American citizen who wishes to follow the organization rules to be able to bring in extra income in a troubled economy. Airbnb has set up rules to follow to keep host and guest and property safe. I do not take a guest without a positive review from another host. I do not take a guest that is not willing to tell me about themselves such as what they do for a living. I do not leave reviews about guests that are not factual in regard to their stay at my house in order that other hosts can make their decisions. I have been a positive influence by representing the normal American family to the international travelers I have hosted and hope to continue to host. I have set up records along with Airbnb records to pay the correct taxes on my income tax return. In America I am being able to have the freedom to make an honest income which I believe is my right as an American. Respectfully, Susan Maddalena Airbnb Host