March 18, 2023 | 4:43 p.m.
A TikToker has gone viral for sharing the conditions of his so-called “luxury” apartment building in New York, claiming it got him evicted in the process.
It’s totally crazy.
A TikToker has gone viral for sharing the conditions of his so-called “luxury” apartment building in upstate New York, claiming it got him evicted in the process.
The 33-year-old, who calls himself ‘Donny Skipper’ online, found himself in hot water over a series of videos that show broken elevators and doors, ‘mysterious’ flooding and even balding – mice hanging out at the Lofts at Harmony Mills in Cohoes, north of Albany.
He said he was shelling out $1,879 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, with the landlord looking 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 we have always paid rent on time and treated the property, staff and neighbors with respect,” said the TikToker, which declined to share. his real name. with The Post due to privacy concerns.
He says things were going well until a year ago when there was a lot of “staff turnover” and maintenance seemed to fall apart.
“Things seemed to be falling into a constant state of disrepair and the complex rental office, run by Lincoln Property Company in Dallas, TX, became a team that would be very dismissive with requests for repairs,” he told the Post.
“They always made me feel wrong for asking them to keep things properly maintained.”
The Post has contacted The Lofts at Harmony Mills and management companies Cadillac Fairview and Lincoln Property Company for comment.
In a satirical clip with 2 million views, the TikToker took viewers on a tour of its “luxury” apartment complex, highlighting unexplained puddles in the entrance, broken elevators and even a bat. stowaway mouse.
“What I love about The Lofts is that the front door sometimes doesn’t work when you put your key in,” he says in the video posted last month.
“Sometimes there are small spills, but it’s luxurious, it keeps your feet clean. Even the stickiness ensures that you don’t slip,” he continued in the clip as he dodged puddles.
In the second installment of his TikTok series ‘exposing’ his ‘business owner’, which has had over 212,000 views, he claimed he was woken some nights by bats in his HVAC system.
According to The Lofts website, the owner promises a “unique combination of luxury, style and convenience,” with “the best and hardest-to-find amenities.”
TikToks took a turn when his landlord allegedly informed him that his lease would not be renewed in May, leaving him less than three months to move his family.
“Anyone who follows my channel knows that I have a family – a wife and a toddler – and this society is forcing us out of our homes,” he told The Post. “All I did was talk about the dangerous conditions.”
In his latest video, posted on Saturday, the upbeat TikToker updated his captivated viewers on the renovation he says is underway at his apartment building.
He claims construction left nails protruding from floorboards; the main elevator is still out of service; and the swimming pool closed following an inventory.
He told viewers he was organizing his neighbors, with the aim of pursuing a class action lawsuit.
The TikToker claims that Lincoln Property Company, which runs The Lofts at Harmony Mills, has been linked to RealPage’s rent-pricing software called YieldStar, which has come under fire for accusations of artificial rent inflation.
He said his landlord was looking to raise his rent by 6% for a one-year lease, before launching his TikTok series.
“I hope these big business owners are finally held accountable for raising rents, making huge profits through YieldStar’s algorithm-based rental software, but not taking 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 luxury.”