The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01155

Submission Number:
01155
Commenter:
Sonya Stoa
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Good evening, I wanted to send a quick comment on my experience with the sharing economy, specifically with Airbnb. I have used Airbnb during the past 2 years both for short-term rental of other's homes and to host others by renting my own home. My experiences have been very positive and the availability of Airbnb has been a godsend for me. I used it to rent my home during a period of a few months when money was tight and it provided the income I needed to keep up with my bills during that time and to get back to a comfortable economic position. I also got to meet some really great people through that home sharing, whom I wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise, which was a nice side benefit. I've also used Airbnb on three occasions for short-term lodging when traveling when hotels were either too expensive or not up to my standards, and I had very pleasant experiences. In my opinion, the sharing economy is a natural response to a market gap and/or opportunity and it something the government should allow to continue to function naturally. Sincerely, Sonya Stoa