The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00428

Submission Number:
00428
Commenter:
MaryJean Williams
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I understand you are interested in the sharing economy, so here is the story of "The Shire". When my children grew up, we had much more space than we needed. I felt guilty about the empty daylight basement, and decided we needed to share it. We invested in renovations to the laundry and kitchenette facilities, and salvaged collectible items to decorate, making it like a suite or apartment. Through airbnb, two visitors have enjoyed the little country getaway we call "The Shire". One couple wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day away from town. The other traveled with a dog and needed my pet friendly accommodations because they had to attend a family funeral nearby. Airbnb is a valuable, sustainable service, making economic use of surplus spaces. It has added hard-to-find accommodations in this rural community, helped maintain my house, and improved our odds of affording our family home as we plan for retirement. Furthermore, I feel closer to my community by hosting these nice people. I like that Airbnb holds them, and us, accountable for who we say we are. It means I can share my home with more trust and hospitality in my heart. Welcome to "The Shire". It's beautiful out here. MaryJean Williams