The Market

They say there's no such thing as free rent. This listing proves it.

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | July 10, 2015 - 1:45PM

We can see agreeing  to do 25 to 30 hours a week of housework (or selling our souls) for free rent at One57 or 15 Central Park West, but would we do it to live in a room in a house near Brewster, New York? Not likely.

Which is why we were particularly puzzled to see this ad on Craiglist (of course) for a rent-free room in upstate New York that comes with free meals, laundry, free cable, Internet and TV, but requires housework that's practically a full-time job.

We'll let you read for yourselves:

Free huge room with closets, balcony, lots of windows to a view of acres of land. Private bath with jacuzzi, skylite, marble & granite everywhere; living area with palladium windows, vaulted ceiling and wall with original museum quality art.

The listing's author seems to recognize just how shady this set-up seems:

OK, by now you're asking what the heck is this all about. Dr Frankenstein? Some Pervert? New Reality Show? Sex for rent? Not even close.

But they then proceed to ask for a photo.

We're sincerely wondering whether this is legit. Can you hire someone to work almost full-time sans pay? Even if it includes room and board? If you have answers, let us know, will you? Meantime, we're skeptical.


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