Glasgow Airbnb host banned from taking bookings during the COP26

Glasgow Airbnb host is BANNED from taking bookings during COP26 after getting caught trying to squeeze an extra £1,449 from American delegate

  • A Glasgow landlord has been banned from taking bookings during COP26
  • Tan Copsey, from Brooklyn, tweeted correspondence with the unidentified landlord in which he attempts to justify the hike in price
  • The landlord raised concerns about ‘missing out on a great deal of money’ and argued the extra charge was ‘a fair adjustment’
  • Mr Copsey, a senior director at Climate Nexus, decided to cancel the booking 

A Glasgow Airbnb host has been banned from taking bookings during the COP26 climate change conference after trying to squeeze an extra £1,449 from an American delegate.

Tan Copsey, from Brooklyn, New York, reported the landlord to the company after receiving a message in which he attempted to justify the extra charge.

The landlord, who has not been identified, admitted he had not realised the booking was for the climate conference and was concerned about ‘missing out on a great deal of money’.  

As a result of the report, Airbnb has now banned the landlord from accepting guests during COP26, which is due to begin on October 31.

Mr Copsey, a senior director at climate-focused communications firm Climate Nexus, tweeted a picture of his correspondence with the host in which they cited a ‘400 per cent’ rise in average room prices in the area.

Tan Copsey, a senior director at Climate Nexus, tweeted about the landlord trying to add another $2,000 to the price of his booking

Mr Copsey tweeted pictures of his correspondence with the landlord after reporting him to Airbnb

His tweet read: ‘Having a great time with COP26 accommodation, this guy tried to add another $2000 to my booking. Lovely experience all-round.’

In the message exchange, the landlord said: ‘I have been made aware that over the course of your stay the average room price has gone up 400 per cent in my area.

‘It troubles me that I have missed out on a great deal of money due to your early booking.

‘I had meant to contact you earlier but was on holiday for three weeks recently and was distracted.

‘I feel an additional $70 per night would be a fair adjustment in this case. If you care to look at alternative accommodations I understand.

‘The average price per night for inferior lodgings is about £400. The weekly discount still applies to the new rate.

‘I should let you know that my property is in a super quiet neighbourhood. A five minute walk from a train station that goes directly to the COP26 venues.

‘Sorry for not letting you know sooner.’

After Mr Copsey informed the landlord that he would no longer be keeping the booking, the landlord replied: ‘I gave you the opportunity to agree to pay an additional fee to reflect the market price for short term lets during COP26 in Glasgow.

The message Mr Copsey received from the Glasgow landlord citing that he was going to ‘miss out on a great deal of money’

‘As you chose not to, I am cancelling your booking.’

In a statement, Airbnb said it has penalised the host by banning them from taking any more bookings during the conference.

A spokesperson added: ‘We have zero tolerance for this behaviour and have taken action against the Host and blocked them from accepting other bookings during this period.

‘The guest has been refunded in full and we have offered support in helping them find alternative accommodation.

‘Airbnb is donating all its service fees for stays in Glasgow during COP26 to Zero Waste Scotland.’

Around 30,000 people, including the leaders of 120 countries, are expected to attend the climate change summit at the SEC in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12.

However, concerns have already been raised about the cost and availability of accommodation in and around the city.

The Scottish government has urged people to ppen their doors to visitors as part of the COP26 Homestay Network – a programme set up to encourage families to offer a place to stay for free or for a low price.

Hundreds of households are said to have signed up for the initiative. 

A government spokesperson said: ‘By offering free or low-cost accommodation, hosts can help ensure those unable to cover the costs themselves, particularly those from the Global South, can attend the summit and make their voices heard.’

Yesterday, though, MPs were told of an ‘accommodation crisis’ with around 3,000 people planning to attend still not having been able to find a place to stay.

It follows reports that 20 properties on the Airbnb website and 30 on were being advertised at more than £20,000 for the two-week event.

One two-bedroom apartment in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove area was said to have been listed for £8,583 per night. 

A COP26 official said: ‘As hosts it is of huge importance to the UK there are a wide of fairly-priced accommodation options available.

‘We have been working with our hotel provider, MCI, to make sure this is the case.’

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