The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00159

Submission Number:
00159
Commenter:
Scott Hills
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb has opened the door to many improvements in our lives. We live in a part of the country where business (and work) is very seasonal. Companies quite often lay off employees for weeks or months to trim payroll in the off season. Airbnb has helped supplement our household income in a way that is amazing. We host travelers from all over the country and around the world. We have met amazing people and had wonderful experiences. Since we began hosting with Airbnb we have improved every room in our home. We have built a new bathroom and installed new carpeting and fixtures. Things we could never have dreamed of doing on our own. Our guests have benefited from very reasonable lodging rates which has allowed them to extend their vacations and spend more throughout the local community. We have experienced nothing but a win-win situation with Airbnb.