The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01684

Submission Number:
01684
Commenter:
Jill Kroesen
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear Sirs: Airbnb has been a godsend to my life. It allows me to travel myself and make ends meet on a very limited income. I have medical problems which make staying in a hotel unbearable. Being able to rent a quiet room with airbnb in my destination is such a godsend. I'm unable to work due to these same problems, but I'm able to get my house ready for renters given enough time. Airbnb has sent me the most wonderful guests. They so much enjoy my property and are a joy to have around. This weekend I had religious couple who would not be able to swim in a hotel due to modesty concerns. My property provides privacy that a hotel could not. Without this income I would lose my house and end up somewhere I could not bear to be in and probably not survive. I'm thrilled to contribute my TOT tax to my city of Rancho Mirage which I am so blessed to live in. The guests also increase the revenue for my city by spending money in the stores and restaurants. Airbnb allows middle class Americans the chance to travel. Hotels are just too expensive for most people and not worth the expense. More people will be able to travel and boost the economy with services like Airbnb. It's such a win, win for everyone. It's important that taxes are paid and vacation rentals don't disturb home owners. I support regulations that insure this. Sincerely, Jill Kroesen