Disgusting detail in Gumtree ad

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HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos APRIL 30 2021: Parliament House, Hobart Waterfront, Tasmania. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Richard Jupe

An advertisement for a room in a share house has been pulled from Gumtree after it offered free board “in exchange for sex”.

The property listing in Claremont in Tasmania was advertised as a room that was only available for women to rent with the owner to charge $245 per week including bills or for sexual favours.

It also included the caveat that the woman had to be “clean and disease free”.

The room was advertised for "females only". Photo: Channel 7
The room was advertised for "females only". Photo: Facebook
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Tasmania’s median rent now sits at $390 per week, an increase of $120 in four and a half years. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Richard Jupe

“Please no time wasters. Serious enquiries (sic) only,” it read

“You’ll have your own room, locked door, private parking and storage.”

The advertisement was slammed by the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania, who urged the government to take action to end the rental crisis.

“This is a gross exploitation of vulnerable women, who are affected by the housing crisis,” the Tenants’ Union said.

“No woman, having sex in exchange for a roof over her head is freely and happily consenting to it.”

Shockingly, the advertisement also claimed that it was “kid friendly” and that it may suit a “single parent with 1 child”.

The Tenants’ Union also highlighted how much Tasmanian rents have gone up in recent years, urging the government to “introduce rent control measures, regulate short-stay accommodation and levy empty homes”.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday has found that rents across Tasmania have increased by 45 per cent over the last 4.5 years,” the union said on social media.

“The highest increase in the country in the State with the lowest incomes.”