An advertisement from a landlord saying he would accept ‘alternative payments’ from ‘attractive females’ who moved in to his property has been removed from the lodging website Spareroom.
The site - which issues press releases on the state of the housing market and calling for lodging reforms - nonetheless let an advertisement appear for a property in the Spinningfields suburb of inner Manchester.
Purporting to be from a landlord called Gerrard it featured images of a property which, it was claimed, would let out for £520 a week in usual circumstances. However, it would be free to ‘attractive females’ open to considering ‘alternative’ forms of payment.
The ad was taken down after a complaint by a customer service advisor at the website.
A website spokesman then told the City Life website that: “In principle we do allow people to offer discounted rates for rooms if their new tenant can also offer a specific service. In the past we have had people that have been after a flatmate that will clean, or perhaps help to look after a child.”
The spokesman continued: “In one case we had a music technician who offered a discount as long as the new roommate could help them catalogue their music collection. But in this particular case the offer of a discount did not seem appropriate, and so the listing was removed.”