Better Safe Than Sorry
The promise of the sharing economy is that anyone can transform their car, summer house, or guest room into a lucrative business. But that peer-to-peer model comes with its own safety issues, in part because consumers have to trust — and in some cases live with — complete strangers. That said, Airbnb has claimed that fewer than 0.1% of stays resulted in a reported safety issue, and a machine learning study out of John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that just 6.1% of Airbnb complaints on Twitter were related to “unsafe conditions.” But the odds aren’t zero — Bloomberg has reported on a few chilling stories — so it’s worth following these safety tips.
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