The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My Airbnb story, why I believe being able to share your home only brings positives. I am approaching the age of 50. I divorced 2 years ago after a 25 year marriage in which I was a stay at home housewife and mother. I must be honest and say the reason I initially put my house on airbnb was purely financial. I was suddenly destitute with no prospects, no career, and I found myself in a position where I could not pay my mortgage; I was heading to lose my home. Sharing my home has been the most incredible journey for me. It's allowed me to pay my way, to support my family, to have some hope for the future. It's been a life saver for me, and for many other people who are struggling with job losses, divorce, bankruptcy etc Along with the financial benefits come so many others. I have hosted wonderful people from all over the world. Families, young travelers, elderly, and I must say that all of my experiences have been wonderful. I have met only adventurous, respectful people that are excited to explore Los Angeles and California. The lobbyists who are trying to claim that house sharing destroys communities are delusional. My guests have no negative impact on the community at all, in fact quite the opposite. I direct my guests to locals restaurants, to local cafes, galleries and art shows. They hire cars, bikes, they go to the laundromat, the dry cleaners. I single handedly have helped support a vast array of the local businesses in my area. Sharing your home in itself does not have a negative impact on the community in any way. I would also like to add that the bad publicity regarding renters trashing places and being disrespectful is not intrinsically linked to short term home sharing. Sometimes you just get bad tenants, whether they stay for a week, a month or a year. A bad tenant is a bad tenant. I lived next door to 4 young men who where very loud, drunken and noisy with no regard for their neighbors, and they were on a one year renewable lease, it was just terrible. This type of situation is much more disruptive to the community than a bad tenant who stays only for the weekend. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE AWAY THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO SURVIVE, TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. I DON'T KNOW HOW I WILL MANAGE IF I CANNOT SHARE MY HOME WITH ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I'VE SO FAR MET FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. PLEASE GIVE ME A FIGHTING CHANCE TO BE INDEPENDENT AND SURVIVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.