Cop26: Airbnb host in Glasgow banned after attempting to charge extra $ 2,000 to summit delegate

An Airbnb host in Glasgow was banned from taking reservations during Cop26 after trying to squeeze an additional $ 2,000 from a US delegate with an existing reservation.

The unidentified owner demanded more money from guest Tan Copsey, from Brooklyn, New York, than he had realized the reservation took place during the World Climate Conference.

He said he feared “losing a lot of money”.

Mr Copsey, director of climate communications company Climate Nexus, reported the host to Airbnb – which has now banned the owner from accepting guests during Cop26.

He tweeted: “Having a great time with Cop26 accommodation this guy tried to add extra $ 2000 to my reservation. Great experience all around.

In the exchange of messages, the 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 ran out of 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.

“If you care about looking for alternative accommodation, I understand.

The average price per night for lower quality accommodation is around £ 400. The weekly discount still applies to the new rate. I must let you know that my property is in a super quiet area. Five minutes walk from a train station that goes directly to the Cop6 sites. Sorry for not warning you earlier.

After it became clear that Mr. Copsey would not keep the reservation, the owner sent a message: “I have given you the option to agree to pay additional charges to reflect the market price for short rentals. term during the Cop26 in Glasgow. As you have chosen not to do so, I am canceling your reservation.

Airbnb said this penalized the host, who was prohibited from taking other reservations during the conference.

A spokesperson said: “We have zero tolerance for this behavior and have taken action against the host and prevented them from accepting further bookings during this time. The guest was fully refunded and we have provided him with a full refund. offered support to help her find alternative accommodation.

“Airbnb is donating all of its service charges for stays in Glasgow during COP26 to Zero Waste Scotland. “

More than 30,000 people, including 120 world leaders, are expected to attend the SEC summit from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12.

Concerns have already been raised about the cost and availability of accommodation, and the Scottish government has urged people to open their doors to participants as part of a COP26 Host Family Network, a scheme set up to encourage families to offer a place to stay free or for a low price.

Hundreds of households have already joined the initiative.

The Scottish Government had previously said: ‘By offering free or low-cost accommodation, hosts can help ensure that those who are unable to meet the costs themselves, especially those in southern countries, can attend. at the top and make their voices heard. “

Yesterday MPs learned there was a ‘housing crisis’, with up to 3,000 people coming to Glasgow for the world climate conference, still having nowhere to stay and emergency accommodation being sought after in gyms and community centers.

It was previously reported that 20 properties on the Airbnb site and 30 on Booking.com were advertised at over £ 20,000 for the fortnight.

A two-bedroom duplex apartment in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove area was reportedly listed at £ 8,583 per night.

A Cop26 official previously said: “As hosts it is of utmost importance to the UK that there is a wide range of accommodation options at reasonable prices.

“We have worked with our hotel supplier, MCI, to make sure this is the case.”

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