Sleazy Dublin landlord offering cheap room for sexual favours
MEET the sleazy Dublin landlord who is taking advantage of the accommodation crisis by offering a cheap room in exchange for sexual favours.
Soaring rents and a chronic lack of housing properties have placed huge pressure on young people, in particular, looking for accommodation in the city.
There is an estimated shortage of 25,000 beds for students, who can expect to pay an average of €524 per month in Dublin.
Families have also been forced to move in to B&Bs and hotels because they could not afford to pay rent hikes.
Now one heartless householder is looking to make other people’s misery work for him. The 43-year-old gay man is advertising a double room in the high-end building in south Dublin to rent cheaply “in return for sex”.
The online advert
The apartment, which is within a short walk to the leafy Dublin 6 suburb is furnished to a high standard and is close to all amenities, the ad says.
Leaving nothing to the imagination, it reads: “I have a double room available to rent cheaply in return for sex. I did this a few months ago with an Italian lad who wanted a room for a month. Worked out well for both of us. Ha ha. It’s in an upmarket area of Dublin close to city.
“The apartment is furnished to a very high standard beside every amenity required Looking for a lad who’s easy-going up for fun and of good character. I’m 43yr 6ft good body sane an sorted lad.”
We contacted the man to arrange a viewing and were promptly asked for a picture. After supplying a photo, the man asked for a more explicit addition.
“It’s kinda awkward asking but I’d like to see what a guy has to offer in his jocks if interested in the room,” he wrote. “I’m also willing to show mine. Lol.”
When our reporter expressed reticence at the idea, he replied: “Just if your interested in the room when you call over that your willing to show me what’s in your jocks. Lol I can do the same. If your not interested that’s fine. I would need to know who I’m renting a room to so cheaply.”
According to the latest figures on the Irish rental market from Daft.ie, overall rents rose by 8.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2015. In Dublin, renters are paying up to 17 per cent more than the rest of the country, with South Dublin city renters paying €1,412 per month – 49 per cent of the average income.
At the current rate of families becoming homeless, it is estimated there will be more than 6,000 children in emergency accommodation by 2017.
We met the man at the plush apartment after agreeing to a viewing. He was cautious but genial, and refused to meet our reporter on the street outside.
The ground-floor apartment was decorated and furnished to the highest standard.
“I charged €700 for the room to a previous lodger,” he told our reporter. “But with our arrangement it’ll be €250.”
The landlord met with our reporter
“I’m just looking for a bit of fun, you know,” he said.
He said he had two more “interviews” in the coming days.
The rental crisis is causing major tensions in the Government, with Labour and Fine Gael disagreeing over which steps to take. Yesterday, it emerged that Taoiseach Enda Kenny cancelled a crucial meeting on a housing plan for the Budget because Environment Minister Alan Kelly (right) wouldn’t compromise on rent caps.
The talks with Mr Kelly had broken when it was made clear his rent certainty would not be adopted. Instead the offer on the table was for rent caps for accommodation where the tenants were getting State payments, in return for tax relief for the landlords concerned.
Earlier this month it was revealed that PayPal is asking staff to make spare rooms available to new employees because of the shortage of rental accommodation, according to the company’s head of Irish operations Louise Phelan.
Ms Phelan said rental property has become one of the greatest challenges for the online payments company, which employs 2,400 people in Dublin and Dundalk.
Yesterday, Ireland’s biggest union called on the Government to implement rent controls. General secretary of SIPTU Jack O’Connor said he does not understand why there has been such a delay in taking action.
“Quite frankly it seems a perfectly rational thing to do and we don’t understand why there is so much to-do about it,” Mr O’ Connor said.