A SLEAZY landlord has been branded “disgusting” for offering free rent in exchange for sex.
The listing on Gumtree for a room in Claremont, Tasmania also made a number of chilling claims, insisting the tenant had to be female.
It said the rent would be $245 (£130) a week – or “free in exchange for sex”.
The now-removed ad also said the property was suitable for a “companion” or “single mother with one child,” adding that the renter must be “clean and disease-free.”
Gumtree quickly removed the listing as violating their community rules.
The vile ad was shared by the Tenants Union of Tasmania, which criticized the landlord for trying to take advantage of Australia’s housing crisis.
One post said: “This is a gross exploitation of vulnerable women affected by the housing crisis.
“No woman who has sex in exchange for a roof over her head willingly and happily agrees to it.
“Governments at all levels must pull every lever to end this crisis.
“These include building more houses faster, introducing a vacancy tax, regulating short-stay accommodation and more.”
One comment on the post read: “Disgusting. Advertisers should be charged and jailed.”
Another added: “That is [the] reality of the housing shortage.
“Taking advantage of desperate, vulnerable women and children. This is absolutely appalling and disgusting.”
Gumtree’s policy states that the site does not allow listings that contain “illegal activities” or “activities that may cause harm.”
A spokesperson told The Mercury: “If Gumtree encounters such ads or is reported by the community, we will take action against the ad and, if necessary, the user’s account.
“In the event that there is a need to involve the police, we have a police liaison to handle the matter.”
It comes after a landlord was arrested after he allegedly ran an ad offering “submissive” women free rent in exchange for sex.
Noting how many people had “got in a tail whirl” during the coronavirus pandemic, the ad offered the free apartment space in exchange for “play time.”
Meanwhile, a landlord exploiting vulnerable girls offered his lavish London flat for free – if the tenant was willing to share a bed to “snuggle up” with.