Beware the Accommodation for Personal Services Ads


The Daily Mirror today had on their website a story regarding the offer of accommodation with payment in kind.  It took less than 10 minutes to find three similar ads on Craigslist offering accommodation in exchange for personal services.

I have a very nice single bedroom furnished self catering apartment next to a river with lovely riverside gardens. It has its own kitchen, bathroom and living space all very nicely furnished with cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge freezer, washer, tv, audio system. probablybest if it’s a feemail. free stay. to pay the rent – services that will include, cleaning, decorating and other stuff.

A new and furnished apartment available for free in exchange for a mutual agreement. 18-30 F only. Send pic and bio to arrange and be genuine please. Closer to piccadilly and uni.


Spacious modern luxury cc apartment room for rent small contribution whatever you can afford is fine if we get along well maybe bit of company mutual attraction both ways ! I wouldn’t be there most the time away on business so ideal for a nice lady only !
Interested ? Send me a pic and brief description and I’ll get back too you 

Although not explicitly stating sexual favours are required, the inference is pretty obvious.

This sort of accommodation offer has become more prevalent in recent years especially as so many single people have to find privately rented accommodation.  This leaves single females at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords with very little other options available.

Many young people attending university or moving into a new area for the first time are at the mercy of private landlords, including those who expect more personal methods of rent payment.

Craigslist have removed some of the previous adverts but it doesn’t take long before more appear and offer accommodation in exchange for personal services.

If you have a family member looking for accommodation, please be aware and check the adverts they are looking at.  That old adage, if it looks too good to be true it probably is, should be followed in this instance.


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