The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am writing to share my experiences using airbnb. I raised my two children in my home. Now they are raised and grown and on their own. I have retired from teaching in Portland Public Schools. My retirement is enough to meet my bills, but doesn't leave much for repairs or improvements that come along with home ownership much less the inevitable rising costs of living. My neighborhood is popular, located between two highly respected colleges, but there are NO motels or hotels in the area. Often people stay at my house to visit children and grandchildren. A couple of times, people stayed here to "test out the waters" in anticipation of purchasing a home nearby. Although I love my freedom of living alone, I realize it is extravagant to have a three bedroom house all to myself. I am able to earn extra money, repair my house, and meet interesting people as well as a need for temporary lodging by participating in the sharing economy via airbnb. I appreciate that people are verified and there is insurance provided so a lot of the risk is eliminated by using this valuable service. Airbnb takes care of collecting taxes and sending them to the local coffers so I don't have to worry about that. I totally support this endeavor and hope you realize how vital it is for so many folks and that you support it as well.