RESEARCH aimed at determining the extent of accommodation being offered in return for sex and other favours is expected to get underway shortly.
The wording for the survey is currently being worked on by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) in consultation with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
The Echo revealed in January that a property at The Lough was being offered online in return for sexual relations with the landlord twice a week.
Similar advertisements have been placed online in different parts of Ireland on a number of classified advertisement websites.
A spokeswoman for the RTB told The Echo: “The RTB continues to scope out this project in consultation with the Rape Crisis Centre.
“Further information will be released once this initial phase has been completed, and the findings thoroughly reviewed.”
Former People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger raised an incident in the Dáil last year about a woman who was told by her landlord that she could stay for reduced rent in his property in Dublin if “we agree something”.
After The Echo revealed last month that a Cork landlord was offering accommodation free in return for sex, the RTB said: “Aside from the RTB trying to gain a better understanding of the prevalence of this issue, it is important that tenants understand that they have certain rights.
“In the first instance, for any criminal matter this should be referred to the gardaí for investigation.”
In the Cork advert, the landlord said the property had its own bathroom, central heating and a shared kitchen in the main part of the house.
He also said: “I expect nothing other than satisfaction twice a week.”
When contacted by The Echo, posing as a prospective tenant, he continued that nobody has much money these days and that it is a “good idea if everyone is adult”.
He added: “Nothing forced and only mutual”.
That advert has since been deleted.