The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00447

Submission Number:
00447
Commenter:
Maria Ferreiros
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To whom it may concern, We are a family of 4 who love to travel and visit our families that live in other countries. Ever since we bought the house traveling became more difficult for us as we have to pay a high mortgage every month. We decided to share our house to help pay the mortgage and be able to travel. At first we were a little hesitant to rent our house but we decided to try because Airbnb offered a great insurance for both, the guests and hosts. Airbnb's trust and safety and messaging tools had help us to get to know the people we choose to share our space with. We request our guest to verify their ID and make sure that they are the right fit for our neighborhood. We ask our guests to be mindful to the neighbors and to follow the rules. Our neighbors are aware and had been friendly to the families that had stayed in our house. Our neighbors are able to notify us immediately if they see anything inappropriate. We have friends and workers that can help if any problem arises. No matter where we go, our neighbors and friends can reach us. Our experience has been great, so that we started using airbnb for our own travels. Thanks to airbnb, traveling has become affordable. We can travel as a family more often and explore the great places this country has to offer. By renting our house my kids can visit their grandparents who live in other countries. We provide the guests with information of places to visit, restaurants and supermarkets in the neighborhood as well as tips on how to make the best of their stay. The sharing economy has helped our family survive, while the guests who stay in our house generate sustainable, local economic activity that supports the small businesses in our community. A truly win win in every aspect. We hope we can all continue sharing. Best regard, Maria Ferreiros