A windowless Wellington apartment listed for rent on TradeMe has been removed following concerns about its compliance with tenancy laws.
The two-bedroom underground unit - listed for $520 a week - has been described as a 'dungeon' by an advocate for renters.
"It is exploiting someone's situation to earn a quick dollar, things like this shouldn't happen."
In photos on the TradeMe listing, an elevator opens directly onto the underground apartment's living area.
Renters United spokesperson Geordie Rogers said the fact that the apartment had no windows was a clear breach of tenancy regulations.
"It's one thing to live with windows that don't open than to live with no windows at all."
The listing was removed on Thursday by TradeMe, after concerns were raised that the basement apartment didn't comply with a number of tenancy laws.
In a statement, TradeMe's Policy and Compliance Manager James Ryan said if TradeMe has any questions about the compliance of a listing action will be taken.
"We err on the side of caution and if we have concerns about any listings on site we will take action."
Ryan said it is important that listings accurately reflect the properties that are being advertised.
"It is important that when members list rentals onsite they're upfront with prospective tenants and provide images and detailed description of the property."
Ryan said people using TradeMe could also alert them of any concerns they may have about a property's compliance.
"Members can also alert us to anything they believe to be non-compliant by clicking on the Community Watch button at the bottom of every listing."