I received this call a few days ago, and the guy was so robotic I thought at first I was talking to a computer! I figured out the call was part of AirBnB Action, asking me to give a quote about why I think homesharing is important. It may be because I live in a city where the city council is trying to regulate short term rentals.
I declined to give a statement because I am not the demographic my city council is going after. The city council is going after hosts with multiple listings under the belief this is taking housing off the market for city residents, and they’ve stated repeatedly they have no quarrel with hosts who live on site. We do have a rental shortage here, and anecdotally I know of people who have not been able to renew their lease because their landlord wants to run an AirBnB out of the rental property, but I suspect AirBnB is just one variable in the rental shortage. My impression is that AirBnB Action is trying to use those of us who are small-time hosts, renting the spare room to help pay the mortgage or fund hobbies (like those in the advertising campaign), to represent the bigger hosting community.