Airbnb host in Glasgow threatens guest with cancellation after asking for extra $ 2,000 at COP26
A Glasgow owner has been denounced on social media for demanding an additional $ 2,000 for a guest staying during COP26.
The owner messaged the tenant because he was concerned he would “run out of a lot of money” during the conference as he had taken the reservation early not realizing it had fallen during the event.
Tan Copsey, senior director of a US organization to fight climate change, is among 25,000 international guests arriving in Glasgow next week.
With the conference due to start in a few days, the Airbnb host texted Tan trying to add an extra $ 2,000 to the reservation and threatened him with cancellation if he didn’t agree to pay.
In an email exchange, the anonymous owner said: “I have been informed that during your stay the average room price has increased by 400% in my area.
“It bothers me that I missed a lot of money because of your early booking.
“I had planned to contact you earlier, but I had been on vacation for three weeks recently and was distracted.
“I think an extra $ 70 per night would be a fair adjustment in this case.
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“If you care about looking for alternative accommodation, I understand.
“The average price per night for lower quality accommodation is around £ 400.”
Tan canceled the reservation but said he had found another place to stay for the duration of the conference.
He added: “Accommodation will be fine. Thanks to all the lovely people who reached out to us.”
It has previously been reported how the city faces an accommodation crisis during the summit, with visitors unable to find accommodation and rental prices skyrocketing.
Environmental activists and activists around the world may be denied participation.
Earlier this month, the number of Airbnb bookings had fallen from 81% in 2020 to 303% in 2021 due to the event. The average daily rate for accommodation during the conference is around £ 333 – up 300% compared to the same week in 2019.