A mum-of-one was left thoroughly creeped out by a pevy ‘landlord’ who offered her cheaper rent in exchange for ‘boob work’.
Georgia Linehan, 22, from Canterbury, received the sleazy messages on Gumtree when asking the homeowner about a two-bedroom house in Whitstable, Kent.
The rent was advertised as £695 a month, but the would-be landlord told her it could be reduced by £200 if she sent two topless pictures.
He told her there is an option to knock the rent down and said he owns a ‘modelling company’.
The sex pest said a few of his tenants ‘do boob work’ and said he could do a £200 discount for two topless pictures.
Sharing the message on Twitter, Georgia said: ‘I think this is a very clear indication of how dangerous some people can be on the internet… especially to young, vulnerable women.
‘And it also shows how hard it is for a woman to even find a place to live without being sexualised and exploited. Be safe girls.’
She said it was the ‘last time’ she would try and find a house on Gumtree and added: ‘I cannot stress enough how much I hate men.’
Georgia said she had doubts that the man advertising the home actually owned the property.
Labour MP for Canterbury and Whitstable Rosie Duffield, MP tweeted: ‘Absolutely awful. I know Georgia and I will be getting more details.
She later said: ‘Whoever you are, this is not ok. “Boob work”. As you are so close, why don’t you just #GetInTheSea ?!’
Libreral Democrat MP for Bath Wera Hobhouse added: ‘A disgusting example of a landlord abusing their power to try and set up a Sex for Rent arrangement.
‘I am campaigning to end the legal ambiguity around #sexforrent. We must be able to prosecute Landlords who do this, protecting future victims.’
It comes after an undercover investigation revealed around a quarter of a million women had been targeted by landlords offering free accommodation in return for sexual favours.
Men sent explicit emails to numerous potential tenants and detailed the explicit sexual acts they would have to carry out to keep their home.
A Gumtree spokesperson said the website is ‘committed to keeping the platform as safe as possible’ and confirmed the messages Georgia received were a breach of policy.
They added: ‘We strongly encourage our users to report this type of behaviour so our dedicated safety team can investigate and take appropriate actions such as removing adverts and blocking offending users, like this advertiser, from the site.
‘We also urge our users to communicate via the app rather than other methods, as this makes it easier for us to take action.
‘We provide comprehensive safety advice for prospective tenants on our website and we continue to invest in our platform as well as work closely with government and law enforcement agencies to make Gumtree a safe place to operate.’