The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00241

Submission Number:
00241
Commenter:
Judy Gross
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To Whom It May Concern, Airbnb is one of the most creative organizations that helps people help themselves. For me it is a hope of keeping my home. I rent to individuals to pay the mortgage, not help, but really pay the rent. If I do not rent out rooms, I cannot pay the mortgage and I lose my house and will join the ranks of bankrupt folks, unemployed and homeless. Strange how things can go sometimes. No, this not what I had planned to do with my home, but it is a workable solution to keeping my home. My husband lost a job during the recession, this was a way to keep us afloat and still is. Prices have gone up considerably and it is difficult to keep outpacing all the many expenses we have from utilities,food, and taxes. Such is my problems and why I use Airbnb. As a business Airbnb seems to do everything it can to make sure people are well informed about who, what and when. I have stayed in some hotels that were at a higher risk of problems because of abusive people in the rooms and hallways. There is little one can do to control people when they cross the line. There is a lot you can do over time to be attentive to how well people act. Airbnb makes it an important part of their process to document all interaction with clients and guests. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to have that kind of control when you are checking into a hotel to see what kind of people you would be next to, or how about when you are flying in an airplane. Maybe this is a new standard for other business to use.