Apparently, there are a lot of people out there who believe that they can rent their rooms/property much easier by giving the "sex discount". Instead of asking for the full monetary value of the rental unit, these people are willing to advertise their offers of one of the few types of discounts which would benefit both parties. But are people responding?
On the widely used Web site Craigslist.org, some landlords and apartment dwellers looking for roommates are offering to accept sex in lieu of rent.
"They have to be attractive. I don't let just anybody come into my house," said Mike, a man who answered the phone at the New York City listing but declined to give his last name — and refused to say whether he has, in fact, collected the rent under the sheets.
That sentiment tends to work both ways; most people aren't willing to shack up with "just anybody", either.
The offering of shelter for sex is older than, well, real estate itself…
It is unclear how much success people have had with their rent-for-sex ads.
It seems as though most people who are using this "marketing strategy" are simply viewing their available real estate as a way to get easy access to regular sex. It's cheaper than using an escort service, and you might even get a few other perks from it, such as a new "personal assistant".
One man said he became friends with a bisexual man who answered his ad but did not end up taking the room. The same user said a man visiting from Russia answered his ad and they shared dinner and a bottle of wine, but that was it.
"This is only a silly sideline adventure of mine," the man, who would not give his name, wrote in an e-mail. "I feel a little embarrassed about it."
Obviously, if this tactic really is paying off, we may not ever know, because most people would be too embarrassed to admit that they are getting the "sex discount" on their rent.
"Online: Rooms in Exchange for Sex" [SFGate]