In this instance, if people have turned to something they wouldn't normally do, I would try and be light on them.I'd say, 'if you don't want to do much of it, I could limit it.'" Rick later says he's revised his ad, limiting the stay to one-four nights, with no charge.He says he heard from "prostitutes who wanted to work from the room, people with mental health issues, and people who were flaky." I wonder if Matthew thinks the women he hoped to help were wary, assuming he'd want sex in lieu of rent? Matthew seems genuine, but when I follow up the next day to ask why it was only women he wanted to help (surely young men face similar dangers? Rick is offering a room in zone 3, for up to two months, for £30 a week.His listing says this is "in return for being extremely risque and provocative around me.I'm quite generous and they usually don't have the sort of knickers I would want — it means they get a whole new selection." Joe interviews prospective tenants alone, and if he likes them, there's a group interview with his housemates — only one of whom knows the criteria for the tenancy.
I ask if he's considered signing up to a niche dating site and he says he has — it was a waste of time. "You can swipe until your finger drops off, you still won't meet anyone." I ask Rick if he's concerned that a woman might respond to his listing because she's in a difficult spot.He says, "I’m not going to take advantage of people.If they come here, they come for that reason — I expect them to be honest with me." What if they're stuck and they're going along with the exhibitionism because they need a place to live? I would say, 'what are your motives for being here? '" I suggest to Rick that a woman who needs somewhere to live, might agree to things she wouldn't otherwise agree to.Joe, who wants his tenant's dirty knickers, describes himself as a late 20s professional.He owns a four bedroom house in Fulham, and rents out two rooms to friends from university."The way they are and their reason for wanting the room." Is it possible to fully consent if you’re stuck for somewhere to stay?