The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01167

Submission Number:
01167
Commenter:
Stoughton
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To whom it may concern, This letter is written on behalf of the great benefits and community service that is provided by airbnb. In May of 2014, my husband and I traveled and stayed with our first airbnb host in Southern California. The host and his space were great! It was like having a time share without all the advance expense. We learned from our host of the positive experiences he'd been enjoying through airbnb for over a year, including meeting traveler's from all over the world and supplementing his income. He encouraged us to list our space in Oregon with airbnb. We had already been in the process of creating a vacation rental, so this idea suited us well. In January of 2015 we listed our place with airbnb. They help greatly with a complete and comprehensive service that provides: * Collecting personal identification from guests * Shows public reviews about guests and hosts * Sets up messaging thread for guest/host communication * Provides calendar to view/choose availability of listing * Collects payment from guest. Collects/submits local room tax * Automatic bank deposit or mailing payment option * Provides meticulous accounting system of monthly earnings for ease of year end income taxes * Reminder prompts of guest arrival time * Reminder prompts to leave reviews for your guest * Visitor generated revenue to local community Due in part to my husbands health, income and making ends meet had become an issue. Listing our place with airbnb/home sharing has helped bridge the gap. Over the last 5 months we have been extremely satisfied with the responsibility they take in providing such a professional and thorough service. THANK YOU airbnb! Rick and JoAnn Stoughton Eugene, Oregon