COP26 Glasgow: Kelvingrove listed at £103,000 for 12 nights

Flat owners are cashing in on COP26 by charging more than £100,000 for accommodation during the two-week climate conference, according to reports.

An investigation by The Times found 20 properties on Airbnb and 30 on Booking.com are being advertised at more than £20,000 for the fortnight.

One two bedroom duplex apartment in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove area was being listed at £103,000 for 12 nights.

The property, which has a pool table and two indoor fireplaces, is described “an exclusive COP26 retreat’ within walking distance of the Scottish Event Campus, which is the main delegate centre for the conference.

The average nightly price for a rental on Airbnb during the two-week conference is £600, a three-fold increase on the same dates the following two months.

Around 25,000 people from 197 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will get run from October 31 to November 12.

Mary Church, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the lack of affordable housing meant the conference risked being “the most exclusionary Cop ever”.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) has been spearheading a call for Glaswegians to offer spare rooms and sofa beds to delegates travelling from poorer communities.

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.”

Property owners were said to be charging up to £1000 a night for accommodation during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Herald Scotland

The Herald Scotland

The Herald is a Scottish broadsheet newspaper founded in 1783. The Herald is the longest running national newspaper in the world and is the eighth oldest daily paper in the world. The title was simplified from The Glasgow Herald in 1992