The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I've had many issues with renting my extra bedroom out to long-term roommates. Besides dealing with personality issues and differences in the definition of clean; my last long-term roommate lost his key and climbed up the side of the house to the 2nd floor window in a December snow storm. That same roommate had 3 feet of trash on the floor of his room, including rotting food and dirty dishes. He had a large bird free flying around his room. With Airbnb, I have none of those issues. I think of my Airbnb guests as short-term roommates. Airbnb guests are respectful of my house and me. Airbnb guests do not have a sense of entitlement; they know that they are invited guests into a special space. They are quiet and have zero impact on my neighborhood. My neighbors don't even notice that anyone is staying with me. Airbnb guests have helped me to pay the bills associated with my home. I feel that this is a great alternative to having an unwanted long-term roommate due to a contract.