Want to live in a penthouse in chinatown for basically free ($1/month rent to make lease legal)? Then read on. I'm a male looking for another male (straight or bisexual w/girlfriend prefered, but masc gay is cool too) to be my naked roommate. Sounds crazy, but this is for real. You should be 26 or younger and very attractive. Arraignment would be mostly "looking" but some "touching" will be required (how much/often is negotiable).
How many questions might be raised by an ad like this?
- What happens if someone moves in, then takes a personal interest in pants?
- Or what becomes of this arrangement if, after a few months, the roomie no longer wants to be touched?
- Could the subletter be thrown out when he turns 27?
- Could he be ordered by a judge to go nude?
- Could he keep paying $1 rent and not strip bare, without facing eviction?
A longtime landlord-tenant attorney Dorene Haney, tells HuffPost that a situation like this leaves some legal questions up in the air.
"The short answer is I don't think the fear of eviction could be eliminated because you can't say certainly that the agreement would not be enforced,"
Haney told HuffPost by email.
And the landlord might try to evict the tenant, legally or not, if it were not performed...I don't think the nudity is illegal, but I don't know if a court would enforce "that part of the agreement either."
Haney also said that "to the extent that the agreement regarding 'touching' is construed as an agreement for sex for money, it might be legally unenforceable," though it's hard to say if the rest of the contract would then be enforceable.
In other words, both parties should enter this living arrangement with the understanding that floor-to-ceiling windows are a lot clearer than are these roommates' respective legal positions.
But, all in all, it really draws attention and what the “hey,” it just might work on someone…