The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00183

Submission Number:
00183
Commenter:
Peggy Cross
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb is filling the void for a tenant I asked to move out. I have been living day to day for several years, and at 73 this is an adventure/challenge. All I have for sure is my social security and that does not cover my mortgage......thanks to the lack of oversight in the mortgage industry 10 years ago. Let alone my condo fees. So this is important in my life. I have met some wonderful people in the experience which began for me just this month. I look forward to others. Airbnb has the benefit of verifying people are who they say they are which I appreciate. I have the benefit of being an artist and a designer and can thus offer an attractive space for guests to stay. I have participated for many years in offering a room for guests attending local conferences through the Association for Research and Enlightenment and continue to do that also. Airbnb is the most technically encompassing website with which I have ever worked and allows for so much information so that I can offer a comfortable space for guests and give them information about me, about house rules, such as no shoes, and it being a quiet home; they respond quickly to requests from potential renters; they keep track of all our conversations and don't reveal anything personal until a reservation is offered and accepted. I feel that they are going above and beyond in their professional approach to connecting people for something so important, offering access to one's home, our sacred space, to strangers and I place a huge reliance on their doing so. They provide the opportunity to review guests and for guests to review their hosts; this is an invaluable service. I don't know where I would be financially without airbnb right now.