HJ Talks About Abuse: Landlords extorting their tenants
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On this week's episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, Alan and Danielle are discussing the issue of 'sex for rent' - the ongoing subject which has been in the media lately, of Landlords who extort their tenants for sexual favours.

There are numerous ways of renting a property, such as via apps, rental websites or through a private landlord, which mean that they may not be regulated very well. Using a registered estate agents or rental service can sometimes incur many hidden fees and costs, which cause many people to choose the option of renting through a private landlord to avoid this.

This has recently hit the headlines, as Covid-19 has had a massive impact on people financially, with many losing their jobs or having a reduced income due to the furlough scheme. Unfortunately, some landlords have used the financial misfortune of their tenants as an opportunity to make inappropriate offers. A recent report has shown that there has been a huge increase in complaints about landlords making inappropriate suggestions to their tenants, especially lone female tenants that they will waiver or reduce rent in exchange for sexual favours. 

Alan & Danielle discuss this issue in further detail, the legal aspects and statistics.

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