The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01576

Submission Number:
01576
Commenter:
Sue Ann Todhunter
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
When my husband died 7 years ago, I wondered how I, as a 60-year-old woman, would be able to pay the mortgage on our 4000-square-foot home, since few employers want to hire someone my age. My mother, who had lived with us for several years, had moved to a nursing home after breaking her hip, and our daughter was in college out-of-state, so I also had to pay for both her very expensive tuition and my mother's nursing home bills myself. Airbnb enabled me to do both for only a few extra loads of laundry (and the taxes I pay via a 1099), as I already did all of the house-cleaning and yard maintenance myself. I also host couch-surfers when I'm not full with Airbnb guests (and am probably the oldest, living couch-surfer myself :-). I've never had any security issues with either organization, in that both "verify" both their guests and hosts via a variety of methods, from phone numbers to drivers' licenses to social media. I have had a few instances of damage, however, which Airbnb provides insurance to cover. So all in all, both of these organizations have enabled me to continue my traveling in an affordable manner as well as allowed me to continue to live in my home.