The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I own a unique house in a rural area of Louisiana that was built by an artist in 1975. The family who owned it had let it fall into disrepair after the artists death and it has been a labor of love to bring it back to life. The rural area doesn't have the commerce that would sustain a young person's livelihood but it took my artistic eye and style to bring it back to life. I am not rich and maintaining this house is a struggle. Sharing my space with airbnb guests has provided me with some extra money to help maintain the house. My listing has made the house and it's area more desirable as a destination outside of the city. There are very few hotels and bed and breakfasts in this area and my guests patronize the local restaurants and shops that I recommend to them. My whole experience using airbnb has been one of economic strength for myself and the community and it's imperative that lawmakers allow this type of community-based stability to remain in the hands of residents.