The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00769

Submission Number:
00769
Commenter:
Laura Wittke
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Thanks for the opportunity to comment. My partner and I are Airbnb hosts and have been for the past 3 years. We have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with people in a way that never happens ordinarily. We are able to screen who comes into our home, and once they are there we relate on more of a social and human basis than on a business basis. We have made friends from all over the world this way. We consider ourselves on the cutting edge of environmental stewardship, so the opportunity to share our sustainable practices is very satisfying to us. Many people have told us that they were inspired to grow their own garden in a small space like we do, or to do composting or rain water collection. Our neighbors have found the guests to be no problem. From the beginning I told the neighbors on all sides what we were doing and made a point of introducing them to our guests. In turn our neighbors have offered their phone numbers to guests in case they have any problems or feel worried when we are not home. This is an extraordinary show of human kindness when you come to think of it. We hope you will take our comments to heart and consider what a paradigm shift we are making here. Airbnb actually allows a neighborliness that is reminiscent of the pioneering spirit of our country. Note that using our homes in this way is an expression of our freedom, and please do not regulate us out of existence. As individuals you might like to try airbnb and see for yourselves. We can't guarantee that every experience will be as satisfying as ours, but from all we have heard, our experience is not unique. Best regards, Laura