Glasgow housing crisis as 3,000 people still search for rooms ahead of COP26

Glasgow faces a housing crisis amid claims that thousands are still looking for a place to stay ahead of the COP26 summit.

The international climate conference takes place at the SEC from October 31 and is billed as the largest political rally ever in the UK.

But there are fears that environmental activists and activists around the world will not be invited to participate due to skyrocketing rental costs and hotel reservations.

More than 20 properties across Glasgow are currently listed for rent at £ 20,000 for the fortnight of COP26.

The Human Hotel network, launched as a non-profit alternative to Airbnb ahead of the COP 2019 summit in Chile, aims to find local accommodation for people traveling to Glasgow.

He said about 3,000 people were still looking for rooms before the Clydeside conference.

It comes as Scottish Greens Minister Patrick Harvie recently issued another appeal on behalf of those who depend on low-cost options.

Sixten Kai Nielsen, co-founder of Human Hotel, told the Record that Airbnb’s exorbitant prices were deterring some activists from traveling to Scotland.

“We urge everyone who has a spare room or a couch to open their home to one of the 3,000 wonderful activists, NGO workers and other climate advocates looking for affordable housing,” he said. he declares.

“The high prices on Airbnb make this vital conference incredibly exclusive and silence the voices of those most affected, but least responsible, by the climate emergency.

“Together let’s tell a story about Scottish hospitality and solidarity. Just go to Human Hotel and register as a host. It takes two minutes.”

Harvie said: “We know that the impacts of climate change are not felt the same way. In fact, the countries and people least responsible for the climate crisis are the most severely affected.

“It is vital that the voices of those most affected by the climate crisis are heard and acted upon. “

He added: “Accommodation at any COP climate conference is a challenge and Glasgow is no exception.

“This program gives local hosts a chance to do their part to ensure a successful summit, meeting great people from around the world while supporting the global climate change movement.”

Morad Adil Bhatti, a wealth and property manager, is renting his apartment in the affluent Kelvingrove district for £ 103,000 for 12 nights, the Times reported.

The two-bedroom duplex is advertised on Airbnb as “an exclusive Cop26 retreat” within walking distance of the SEC.

The Record has asked Glasgow City Council for comment.

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