A GLASGOW AirBnb host was banned from taking reservations during COP26 – after trying to swindle an additional $ 2,000 from a US delegate.
We recounted yesterday that an owner asked for extra money after he feared “running out of a lot of money” by not realizing that the delegate’s advance booking had taken place during the conference.
It comes as short-term rental prices during COP26 have skyrocketed as locals seek to cash in on this massive event.
Tan Copsey – a senior director of Climate Nexus, a U.S. company aimed at tackling the climate crisis – reported the host to AirBnb bosses after the exchange, which left social media users stunned.
Sharing the correspondence on Twitter, Mr Copsey joked, “Having a great time with the accommodation at COP26, this guy tried to add an extra $ 2,000 to my reservation. Nice experience all around.”
– Tan Copsey (@tancopsey) 24 October 2021
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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 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. If you care about other accommodation, I understand. ”
Trying to convince Mr Copsey to accept the new offer, he added: ‘The average price per night for lower quality accommodation is around £ 400.
“The weekly discount still applies to the new rate.
“I have to let you know that my property is in a very quiet area. Five minutes walk from a train station that goes directly to the COP26 sites.
“Sorry I didn’t warn you earlier.”
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Once it was clear that the Brookyln-based delegate was not going to continue the rental, the owner replied, “I have given you the option of agreeing to pay an additional charge to reflect the market price for short term rentals during this period. the COP26 in Glasgow.
“Since you have chosen not to do so, I am canceling your reservation.”
However, AirBnb has since confirmed to the Herald that “penalties” – which would have been a small fine – were imposed on the host.
He was also barred from making additional reservations during the climate summit.
A spokesperson said: “We have zero tolerance for this behavior and have taken action against the host and prevented them from accepting further reservations during this time.
“The client was fully reimbursed and we offered support to help them 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.
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Concerns have already been raised about the cost and availability of housing, and the Scottish government has urged people to open their doors to participants as part of a Cop26 Homestay Network, a scheme set up to encourage families to donate a place to stay for 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.
And we previously explained how 20 properties on the Airbnb site and 30 on Booking.com were advertised for over £ 20,000 for the fortnight.
A two-bedroom duplex apartment in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove area has reportedly been listed at an exorbitant rate of £ 8,583 per night.
A COP26 official previously said: “As hosts it is of utmost importance to the UK there are plenty of accommodation options available at reasonable prices.
“We have worked with our hotel supplier, MCI, to make sure this is the case.”