The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear FTC, I write in support of Airbnb. My wife and I have used the site as both guests and hosts. Through Airbnb, my family was able to find a unique home in Paris France where I could spent the holidays with my brother and his family who are active duty US Air Force stationed in the UK. Staying in someone's home allowed us to have our meals together over the holidays together which would not have been possible without this type of organization. When I returned to the US, I was passionate about offering guests unique experiences that would otherwise not be possible by staying at a hotel. My wife and I have extra rooms in our Lake-front home and have been hosting guests to stay with us for about a year. We have had about 30 guests stay with us so far, and overall we are quite pleased with the experience. Airbnb specifically tries to foster a community of open communication with guests and hosts and has been available and responsive on the few occasions when we needed help. Sincerely, Nicholas Darling P.S. I also listed my car on Relay Rides which is a peer-to-peer lending service. My car was totaled by a renter recently, and I am in the process of the claim process. I have suggested that Relay Rides offer a 'Replacement Assistance' insurance option to car owners in the event of a total loss, as I will not be receiving anywhere near enough money to buy an actual replacement vehicle. Please consider requiring this as an option for car lending services.