Rage, as London landlords demand sex for rentAfrica, Headlines Friday, April 14th, 2017
The advertisement is straight to the point: “An open-minded naughty sexy girl is requested. Send your pictures, age, name, maybe nationality … Room can be used to work from, like massage etc.; or just to live in.”
This and more of such advertisements are what rogue landlords are using to exploit vulnerable in London and other high-rent areas in the UK.
These days, property owners offer free accommodation in exchange for sex, the British media have reported.
Concerned charities lament that the deals take advantage of those unable to afford spiralling rents.
As young people and the low-paid are priced out of accommodation, particularly in south-east England, sex for rent adverts have sprung up online.
The landlords would argue that tenants have chosen voluntarily to enter that situation.
Paul Noblet, of homeless charity Centrepoint, called for advertising sites to consider a ‘voluntary code’ under which the offending posts could be removed.
One of the adverts on Craigslist, from the owner of a ‘small two-bedroom house near Hull’, says: “Money is not an issue, I would prefer some company.
“There are some stipulations to the living arrangements … This would be a mutual benefits arrangement. Free rent, paid in other methods.”
In another advertisement, someone who describes himself as “a city worker living in a luxurious spacious apartment in central London,” seeks “a dominant attractive woman who in return will place me beneath her beautiful feet and boss me around.”
The 35-year-old male advertiser asked anyone interested to send photos of themselves and their “lovely feet.”
Other adverts included a man in Maidstone, Kent, seeking a woman to move in and pretend to be his girlfriend.
A double room in Rochester, Kent, was said to be available in exchange for unspecified “services;” while younger men were targeted by a post from a Brighton property owner.
One landlord told the BBC: “I was thinking once a week, something like that. I’m happy as long as there’s sex involved.”
Another said: “As far as the apartment’s concerned, it’s as if we’re flatmates. It’s all the bills, the rent, free.
“You agree sort of like a couple of times a week, pop into my room sort of thing.’
A landlord who defended the arrangement as a “friend with benefits” situation, added: “You can argue that high rent charged by landlords is taking advantage too.
“There’s no compulsion for them to do this. Everyone goes into it with their eyes wide open.
“I am the last type of person who’d like to take advantage. Both sides have something the other person wants. I see it as a win-win situation.”
He rejected claims it could be construed as sexual exploitation, saying that people working in jobs they did not enjoy was “like a form of prostitution.”
Craigslist did not respond to requests for comment, DailyMail claims.
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