The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01682

Submission Number:
01682
Commenter:
Carroll
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Hi, I am writing to let you know that Airbnb has been instrumental in helping me pay my rent in a community which, due to gentrification, has seen rent and real estate prices triple in the past 5 years. As you all know, rentals fees have been going through the roof in my West Coast beach town, so having a little help each month allows me to keep my place... I love that Air b'n'b has a really great trust, safety and messaging tools that help me, as a host make sure I feel safe, and am comfortable with the person who will stay in my home for the week. Also, as a member of middle class (we still exist!) and an independent contractor, Airbnb has helped me earn a little extra income so I don't fall behind on other bills... And really, ultimately, the guests who come via Airb'n'b listings generate sustainable, local economic activity that supports the small businesses in communities across the country. Thank you for your time!