The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00773

Submission Number:
00773
Commenter:
Wendy King
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I would like to relate my experience renting a bedroom in my house on Airbnb. Our daughter went off to college. We had $50,0000 tuition to pay. We had her empty room. It's a lovely small, cozy room. We decided that we would try Airbnb sincce we have done a lot of world wide travleing and often stayed in B&Bs. We have met so many wonderful people from all over the world. All persons have been screened by Airbnb so we felt totally safe. They have set up a great communication network. With each guest we can communicate with Airbnb with any concerns. We all leave reviews of hosts and guests. Anyone can read those reviews. We have never had a problem with any guest. We have been hosting for 18 months. The added income has helped us pay for college for our daughter. We pay state and federal taxes for the income. We live in a ski area and these guests go out to dinner and buy lift tickets. They generate a lot of money for our commununity. We don't service food or provide anything but shelter to our guests. Of course there are some great conversations and knowledge shared. This has been a very rewarding experience for us.We didn't expect to enjoy opening up our home and hearts to strangers as much as we have.