March 18, 2023 | 16:43
A TikToker has gone viral for sharing the conditions in her so-called “luxury” apartment building in New York, claiming it has led to her being evicted in the process.
This is completely rude.
A TikToker has gone viral about the conditions in her so-called “luxury” apartment building in upstate New York, claiming it has led to her being evicted in the process.
The 33-year-old, who goes by “Donny Skipper” online, got into hot water for watching videos showing broken elevators and doors, “mysterious” floods and even bats hanging out at The Lofts at Harmony Mills. in Cohoes, north of Albany.
He said he pays $1,879 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, and the landlord wants to raise his rent to $2,004. That is, until his videos took off.
“My family and I have lived in my ‘luxury’ apartment for three years and have always paid our rent on time and treated the property, staff and neighbors with respect,” said the TikToker, who declined to give his real name. with The Post for data protection reasons.
He claims that everything went smoothly until a year ago, when “staff turnover” was high and maintenance seemed to be left aside.
“Things seemed to be going from bad to worse, and a complex rental agency run by Lincoln Property Company in Dallas, TX, became a team that was very unhappy with requests for repairs,” he told The Post.
“They always made me feel like I was wrong when I asked them to keep things right.”
The Post has reached out to The Lofts at Harmony Mills and management companies Cadillac Fairview and Lincoln Property Company for comment.
In the satirical clip, which has 2 million views, the TikToker took viewers on a tour of his “luxury” apartment complex, highlighting unexplained pools of water at the entrance, malfunctioning elevators and even a stowaway bat.
“What I love about The Lofts is that sometimes the front door doesn’t work when you put the key in,” he says in a video released last month.
“Sometimes there are little splashes around, but it’s luxurious because it keeps the feet clean. Even the stickiness makes sure you don’t slip,” he continued in the clip as he walked around the puddles.
In the second installment of his TikTok series “exposing” his “business landlord,” which garnered more than 212,000 views, he claimed that bats in his HVAC system have woken up some nights.
According to The Lofts’ website, the landlord promises “a unique combination of luxury, style and comfort,” complete with “best-in-class and hard-to-find amenities.”
The TikToks took a turn when his landlord told him his lease would not be renewed in May, giving him less than three months to move his family.
“Anyone who follows my channel knows I have a family — a wife and a toddler — and this company is forcing us out of the house,” he told The Post. “All I did was talk about dangerous conditions.”
In her latest video, which was released on Saturday, the bubbly TikToker told her fascinated viewers about what she says is an ongoing renovation in her building.
He claims the construction left the nails out of the floorboards; the main elevator is still out of order; and the pool was closed after an inspection.
He told viewers that he is organizing his neighbors with the goal of filing a class action lawsuit.
The TikToker alleges that Lincoln Property Company, which manages The Lofts at Harmony Mills, is linked to RealPage’s rental pricing software called YieldStar, which has come under accusations of artificial rent inflation.
He said his landlord was going to raise his rent by 6 percent on a one-year lease before he launched his TikTok series.
“I hope these big corporate landlords are finally held accountable for raising rents and making huge profits thanks to YieldStar’s algorithmic rental software, but didn’t take care of the properties or the people who live there,” he told The Post.
“They shouldn’t be able to market these poorly maintained buildings as luxuries.”