The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01188

Submission Number:
01188
Commenter:
Donna and Randy Brown
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb has been a godsend! By sharing our space through Airbnb, we have been able to keep our home. Because of the Great Recession my husband and I have become grossly underemployed as many other middle class Americans. With the sharing economy Airbnb has made available, we have been able to monetize a portion of our home. By providing affordable lodging for travelers, the Airbnb travelers in turn, have more travel dollars at their disposal to spend at the local restaurants, theaters and retail establishments of their destination. We have hosted many first time users of Airbnb. They have been very pleased to find there is a more economical option available to travel and say they plan to make more trips with Airbnb in the future. The Airbnb website requires a variety of ID verifications from its members which provides a base line to screen potential guests (or properties). Reviews of guests who have previously stayed at Airbnb properties are available to the potential host. If a host would like even more information from a potential guest, he is able to communicate with that potential guest via website messaging. All of these tools help make for a trustworthy decision. We have been hosting through Airbnb for 5 years and have met many wonderful people who we would otherwise have never met. The Browns Fort Worth, TX