The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01159

Submission Number:
01159
Commenter:
Susan Richards
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I discovered Airbnb almost three years ago as I was looking for a way to share my home and an alternate income as I am up into my 60's and not able to work much longer but also not able to retire. I had an apartment on a second floor in my home that was basically going to waste. When I looked into it, I saw that there were lots of safety factors in place that would make renting to strangers safe. Airbnb has so many positive benefits to me, my guests and also the environment. I get income necessary to pay bills and maintain my property, my guests have a safe, clean and affordable place to stay when they travel and the environment wins because Airbnb guests use fewer resources than if they had stayed in a motel. My town has also benefited because people who stay here visit the shops and restaurants a few blocks away. Another huge benefit, I think, is that I have had the opportunity to host people from other countries and learn their customs and hopefully provide a positive impression of Americans as I show them kindness and they show kindness to me also which will help promote peace. My current guest from India travels all over the world and has come back here several times at length and calls my place "home." From receiving my hospitality and that of my small town, she wants to eventually buy a place here and open a business. Now that's a win-win for everyone. I am enclosing a photo of this guest playing with some children in my home day care. I honestly think it was a very lucky day in my life that I discovered Airbnb. Without Airbnb I would not be able to afford to continue living in my home close by to my children and grandchildren.