The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I fully support AirBnB and the shared economy it is a part of. Renting rooms in my home through AirBnB is advantageous in the following ways: (1) It gives me income to supplement my social security income. (2) It allows me to stay in my home. (3) It provides needed housing for local events at the University of Oregon. (4) It builds relationships among people of differing backgrounds. (5) It is safer than craigslist in that AirBnB has profiles about potential guests and a mechanism for communicating with inquirers before deciding whether to let them in your home. The practice of renting rooms in your private home has been common in Europe for many, many years. Government agencies--federal, state, local--should not have the right to tell you who you can and cannot have in your home. The shared economy promoted through AirBnB is a useful vehicle for to enable people to leverage their home to create needed income.