The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00367

Submission Number:
00367
Commenter:
Steven Norkus
State:
Nevada
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I would like to comment on what Airbnb means to my wife and I. Since starting hosting in January 2015 we have had close 50 people from all around the Country and World stay with us. Our main reason for starting an Airbnb was to give us the experience of meeting people and hearing their stories,Interacting with some of the most amazing people and I really enjoy the service side of all this by providing rooms to people and saving them a little money. When we first started considering this host thing we were a little concerned about who would be staying in our house and the fact that we live in the house also gave us concern of privacy. After reading about the requirements which help protect Host and Guest we decided to try it out. It has been an amazing experience for us and we are always looking at ways to enhance the experience for our guest. We use the money we make to help pay for little things around the house like a new sofa or paneling we are doing in the house (This has been a great supplement income.) There will always be stories in the news or web about bad experiences, but if you were to google bad experiences in hotels you would be surprised at the break ins, robberies and other crimes we don't hear a lot about. Perception is our reality. I feel that the security measures that Airbnb use give me the confidence and safety net we need. We decided to start trying to stay at Airbnb's as an alternative to Hotels. So far we are 5 for 5 for awesome stays at an Airbnb home recently we did a Airbnb in Spain and had a great time. In closing I am excited at how Airbnb has brought a community sharing program into light which really bring people and experiences together. Thank You for reading my story