The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00120

Submission Number:
00120
Commenter:
Victoria Davitt
State:
Maryland
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
hello, I'm writing to you about AirBnb.com :) I understand you'd like to know more about it. I'm a full time touring musician, and have used airbnb as a guest (when I was in a pinch for a place to stay), across the US and in Scotland. When I came home, I thought about how I could open my home up to travelers and give people a "home away from home". It has economically helped the house take care of itself (of course, there are always things I'd like to fix!) but the mortgage gets paid and I can keep up with property taxes and small maintenance (so I don't look like the eye-sore on the block!). When people come and visit, because I am in a northern suburb of Baltimore City, I give them nearby suggestions of restaurants, cafes, and shops to visit. The restaurants in the the Hamilton / Lauraville area are all family owned, independent, and many farm-to-table establishments! I love bringing business to the neighorhood, instead of the chain world that in is the inner harbor. And... also, as guest, I love supporting local farms and businesses wherever I travel. AirBnB gets me off the beaten path. AirBnb is creating jobs at all levels. It's wonderful and I think it's brilliant. Yes, hotels are nice too, from time to time, but meeting people, supporting local businesses, and bringing money to the middle class is wonderful too. I have never felt unsafe with AirBnb. Everyone has to have a profile, and as a host, I can choose who comes to stay. AirBnb has done an excellent job of making hosts and guests feel safe. Thanks for reading - Victoria Davitt