The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Hello, I would like to comment on my experience with AirBnB, mostly as a host. My husband and I have been hosting guests since October 2014. Initially we expected to host just a few days per month after our daughter moved into her own apartment, leaving us with available space. Fortunately our space has been booked the majority of the time since then. Especially fortunate as I was laid off from my job earlier this year, and my husband is retired. The income has been extremely helpful in terms of making our mortgage payment which would have been a struggle otherwise. The AirBnB system is wonderful in making the screening, messaging and booking of guests very simple. We're able to get to know guests a little before deciding whether to share our home with them. Knowing guests have been screened and verified gives us peace of mind and a level of comfort in sharing our home. There have only been a few requests which we felt were unsuitable, and the tool makes it easy to decline those. It's also been enjoyable sharing our home and meeting such pleasant people from all over the world. We're able to introduce them to our local neighborhood as well as the restaurants and attractions close by, helping the local economy. Every guest has different interests and it's nice to be able to get to know them and help them discover the best of the area on a personal level. Because we live here and share the space this becomes a very personal experience for our guests, totally different to a hotel environment. It's obviously not suitable for people who want to be waited on or who need 24 hour room service, but for those looking to stay with family, without the hassle it's perfect. Thank you for taking my comments.