The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01588

Submission Number:
01588
Commenter:
Setchel
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
AirBNB has been an economical life saver for me. I cannot work any more than I already do but could not make ends meet, much less pay for any emergencies like car, home & appliance repairs or replacements. The only way I can do that is by "sharing" my home. I was afraid at first of having strangers in my home, but have found everyone to be kind and friendly. I'm really enjoying meeting lots of new people from all over the world -- it is expanding mine. One of the primary differences between having a permanent roommate and hosting an AirBNB guest is their attitude. A roommate feels entitled to their space because they're paying monthly rent. What I've found with my AirBNB Guests, is that they are very respectful of me and my home. My guests have been interesting, easy to get a long with and no one's stays long enough to have any personality conflicts that are inherent with having someone live in one's home on a long term basis. I think AirBNB is a wonderful way to help me support myself and my community. I share the local businesses and attractions with my guests and they are able to afford to spend more money at my local stores and businesses instead of paying a higher price for a room. Many people prefer hotels -- others like myself, would prefer to stay in a home but can't afford a Bed & Breakfast which usually costs more than a hotel room. With my AirBNB, Guests have a private room, semi-private bathroom, private shower and we share the kitchen, living room & dining room. They're free to socialize with me, stay in their room for solitude, or go to the many shops & attractions available from my central location. I hope that AirBNB is embraced by the United States as it has been in Europe. In this economy it is extremely helpful for both the Guests and the Hosts. Sincerely, Ms. Setchel