More than 1,000 Scots have put greedy landlords and hotel bosses to shame by volunteering to take in COP26 delegates.

The COP26 Homestay Network relies on citizens from in and around Glasgow opening their doors for free or for a small fee to cover expenses.

The legion of volunteers stepped forward after hearing of a gross shortage in accommodation for delegates, many who represent impoverished third sector groups and charities.

Those who have offered to help have given up bedrooms or spaces on sofas and mattresses on floors in living rooms.

The Daily Record told yesterday how many grasping Scots decided to offer their homes for ludicrous sums, with some seeking £30,000 for a fortnight.

This decidedly average flat in Loanhead, near Edinburgh, ticks very few COP26 boxes - but owners want £16,800 to squeeze four bodies into one room

Others were seeking to rent out flats with four cramped rooms filled up with single beds - offering less space than a youth hostel for more than £3,000 per room.

Kat Jones, of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland group, is among those to give up a room at her Glasgow home.

She said: “It is quite sad to see the amount of cash being asked for rooms in Glasgow at the moment but we really shouldn’t be painting a picture of greedy Scottish landlords.

“The reality is that more than 1,000 people have stepped forward to offer up a room in their home for the crucial conference.

“I would say that sums up the attitude of Scottish people far more accurately than the ones who are trying to cash in. I believe the number of Homestay volunteers would outnumber those renting out rooms."

More than 30,000 people, including 120 world leaders, are expected to attend the summit that starts at the SEC on Sunday and runs until November 12.

The Scottish Government urged people to open their doors as part of the COP26 homestay network and several environmental groups put out a klaxon call to get rooms lined up.

Kat Jones and Naomi Nager
Dr Kat Jones and daughter Naomi Nager are looking forward to showing delegate to COP26 some Glaswegian hospitality: Credit: Ruedi Nager

Kat said: “The people who have signed up aren’t interested in money, they just want to do their bit to help make the conference a success.

“But it’s not just about what they can offer delegates. These are people who are seeking to form friendships and relationships with people who believe in the same important ideals.

“It’s about far more than offering accommodation. It’s about getting together and discussing what’s going on at COP and thinking about the bigger picture.”

MPs were told recently there was an “accommodation crisis”, with as many as 3,000 people coming to Glasgow for the global climate conference having nowhere to stay.

Scans of Airbnb website and sites showed many homes up for more than £20,000 - including modest semi-detached homes in the east end of Glasgow.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition have sought to open Glaswegian doors to “people from indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate change to NGO practitioners and campaigners. “

The groups have experienced similar problems on other COP host cities - as few are big enough to offer enough hotel rooms and the scarcity has driven prices up wherever the conference ends up.

Similar trends were seen in places like Paris, Marrakech and Bonn - sparking an advance plan for the Homestsay initiative.

•Details of the COP26 Homestay Network here