Landlords caught on camera demanding sex in return for free rent
Two ‘sex for rent’ landlords were caught on camera demanding sex from prospective female tenants in return for free bills and wifi.
They were exposed in an undercover sting by a BBC journalist after they posted adverts on Craigslist seeking sexual favours in exchange for a free place to live.
The men, both from Bristol, offered to waive rent, cover bills and even pay expenses if they could sleep with a girl half their age as often as once a week.
Shown on BBC Inside Out West, the investigation worked with the charity Safe Lives to expose the shocking way female tenants are being abused by landlords.
One landlord, called Mike, told the undercover reporter she could have a designer two-bedroom flat with ‘everything provided’ as long as she provided a ‘friends with benefits relationship’.
'Class activist' tells Jacob Rees-Mogg's children 'your daddy is a terrible man' He is recorded saying: ‘The room, the rent, all the bills, everything paid for.
And I’ll even give you an allowance every week so that you feel that you’re looked after’.
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But he added: ‘The benefit is that you sleep with me once a week’.
After being exposed by the programme, Mike said he was ‘pretending to be a landlord’ as part of research into the exploitation of women in the UK.
Another landlord, calling himself Tom, a man in his 60s, told reporter Rachel Stonehouse she would get free rent, gas, electric and WiFi if she moved into his flat.
She then asked him if they had to have sex and he replied: ‘I’m getting embarrassed now.
Do what you want, and if you want to make love, make love. ‘Give it a week or two if you’re not ready straightaway.
But at the end of the day, yes [sex is required].’
Tom refused to respond when he was told he was filmed by the BBC.
One Bristol woman told the show she had been asked to take part in group sex to get her rent free.
‘Everyone I spoke to just seemed a bit dangerous.
One guy expected me to sleep with him, but also having group sex with a lot of his friends. ‘It’s not worth it, doing it for a bit of money.’
The programme exposed the range of adverts that have appeared online demanding similar arrangements of tenants.
Offering accommodation in return for sex is illegal but in one online advert, a 35-year-old man asked for a picture and offered a room for £1 in return for ‘female services’.
‘I have a high sex drive, and am very adventurous and have no limits.
Therefore (and this has worked over the last year) I am thinking of a couple of evenings a week where you surrender to me.
‘Sometimes I will not want anything but will to play with you. Sometimes we will play online together. Sometimes we will role play.
One thing I can guarantee is you will be satisfied and it won’t be boring.
‘You must like sex, and be adventurous as well. On the other nights of the week, we would be like any other people sharing a house.
‘Please let me know what you think and let me know your limits and experience as well.’
My view: That's scary, It's not nice, I guess some desperate women/men would do it, just to cut cost, even if the man is slimy.