The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am a CA resident for 15 years and rent out 1 room in our 2 BD 2 BA apt for 2½ years after my job lay off. I work odd jobs to help pay the rent. This has allowed me to stay in the Bay Area. Homesharing has been a remarkable experience and has opened me to a global community. My husband and I are both avid travelers, and Airbnb's culture of global hospitality gave us a way to welcome travelers into our home. I have met extraordinary people from across the US and abroad, which has allowed me to extend hospitality and kindness to strangers, share local knowledge, and support our local economy. I am concerned with regulations that might restrict an important part of my livelihood and my happiness. There are thousands people in Bay Area in my same situation who are willing to pay our fair share of taxes. I urge you to give homesharers representation in helping to draft regulations. I ask for fair and reasonable regulations on homesharing that is not burdensome, costly, or intrusive on my privacy.