District of Columbia
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I rent two small apartments on Airbnb on the first floor of my house where I have lived for 38 years. While I have always rented the apartments out, I started renting them furnished and short term by way of Craigslist six years ago or so. I switched to Airbnb because, as a single woman, I love the security that Airbnb offers by way of their vetting the guests. I also depend on the calendar and would never be able to sustain the pace with which I rent my apartments without the Aribnb supplied calendar. Another great strength of Airbnb is their handling the payment. What a relief that I do not have to do that! Airbnb has helped me, as a 72 year old woman, to maintain my income stream into my "old age," and has enabled me to remain in my house as I continue to age. I have a gallery in my house where my guests interact with me and where they enjoy both music and art, a wonderful experience for all of us. My neighbors, as well, participate with the music and art and interact with my tenants. It is a win-win situatiion.