The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01670

Submission Number:
01670
Commenter:
Gay Barner
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Greetings, I want to comment about my Airbnb experience. When my husband died, after a year of treatments for his cancer, I had to find another source of income to support me. While he was so sick and after he died, I could not work outside of my home because of my caregiver role and then because of my life being shattered by his death. So, I turned to a source that provides income to individuals, not a big chain or corporation, where the money goes into the local economy. Airbnb has helped me in so many ways. Financially mostly, because they prescreen the guests who come stay with me. They also take care of the payments so that there are no bounced checks to deal with. And, maybe best of all, is my role of innkeeper. I can stay at home and run my business. I have reached Medicare age so this is a perfect fit for me. I can work, be with amazing people socially, and do it all from home. I have kept in touch with some of my guests and some have been returning to me over time. It is a business but not in the sterile, corporate manner at all. It is a human way to do business and I so appreciate that Airbnb is doing this for and with me. I know that there are problems because I read about them in the newspapers. There always are, in anything that happens. Please don't just see the problems. The "party houses" need to be dealt with. The fact that many people are buying houses for vacation rentals needs to be dealt with. But please don't throw the baby out with the bath water. The hosts and the guests, in general, thrive in the normal system that Airbnb sets up. It is the problem-makers who are distorting the picture. Please deal with the problems within the system. Do not take away the system in order to deal with the problems, in other words. Thank you for your time, Gay