The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01332

Submission Number:
01332
Commenter:
A Goldberg
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
For the past year, I've helped several friends manage their Airbnb listings. My friends are busy, creative people who either are not as technically-minded as I am, or simply don't have the time to communicate with potential guests who they welcome into their homes from around the world. The opportunity to make friends of former strangers, to share the beautiful places where they live with others, & to help pay off mortgages or find extra funds for needed repairs, has been a boon in their lives. Several months ago, I decided to open up a bedroom in my own home to share with Airbnb guests. I've never looked back. What great experiences we have had hosting others! Our guest's visits have definitely helped us with our monthly expenses. Our guests have thoroughly enjoyed exploring our local parks & waterways, shopping in our local stores & dining in our local restaurants. One guest, in particular, loved the area so much, he's moving himself & his business to the neighborhood! I have no hesitation once I make a decision to accept a guest's reservation. Airbnb has created a solid & reliable system that helps me get acquainted with people beforehand. Our email conversations reveal much about the purpose of their visit & the type of guests they may be, providing me with the opportunity to consider their compatibility with my household. Airbnb's verification systems take a lot of the guess work out of the process. By the time I have accepted a reservation, both guests & hosts are looking forward to meeting each other. Thank you for helping to support a sharing economy for all of us! Sincerely, ~A Goldberg