Alex Cole-Hamilton Hikes Airbnb Price at His Garden Shed by 150%

INFLATION is expected to reach 13% in October. But even that falls far short of the price hike imposed on visitors to Scotland’s capital by the leader of Scotland’s LibDems.

Alex Cole-Hamilton has been earning a second salary for several years by renting a shed in his garden.

In August 2021, The Jouker reported that the MSP charged £49 per night to stay in the shed. Including cleaning costs this came to £57.

But the financial pressures of surviving on the meager MSP salary of £66,662 a year must hit the LibDem leader.

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This year, a single night in the garden at Cole-Hamilton will cost you around 145% more than in 2021.

A night in the shed will cost you £120, before adding the service charge – which is now £20.

For a two-night stay at the end of August, the Jouker was listed at £281.

It may seem pricey, but the cabana sleeps three people – as long as one of the party members is happy to sit on an air mattress on the “right amount of floor space”.

Reports from August last year estimated the MSP could bring in up to £10,000 a year renting the ‘totally private, beautifully built, warm and welcoming cabin’.

Increase that by a similar percentage, and Edinburgh’s Western MSP could rake in around the equivalent of the median salary in Scotland thanks to its hustle and bustle on the Airbnb side.

Good job if you can get it.

The LibDem leader will have until April 2023 to register his existing short-term hire with the council or will have to close it after new rules are introduced earlier this month.

Edinburgh is home to a third of all short-term rentals in Scotland, and steps have been taken to try to address the capital’s housing crisis.

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