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According to TikToker, the landlord threw the neighbor’s things off the balcony

When her neighbor was evicted from her third floor apartment, TikTok creator @softscorpio began filming as maintenance crews began throwing objects from the balcony.

The viral video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times, shows a pile of rubble in the courtyard of an apartment complex.

“Slumlord strikes again, but unfortunately for one of my neighbors,” says user @softscorpio. “My neighbor who lives on the third floor seems to be getting evicted and the landlord had the janitors up there on the third floor throw away all that stuff.”

@softscorpio this is really crazy to me there is SO much debris everywhere and I know they won’t record #slumlord ♬ original sound – camera

She began observing and recording to hold the landlord and maintenance staff accountable, claiming the practice posed a safety hazard.

“There’s stuff bouncing around everywhere, debris, it’s a real safety hazard,” she says. “It’s Monday June 6th 10:34am and I’ve just been sitting out here recording everything because that’s not how they should be doing, especially not throwing all these things over the balcony, things that can break off and hit people or chip away.”

The TikToker says the maintenance team cleaning the apartment had slowed down and stopped throwing things off the balcony after she started recording, but eventually picked it up again. In follow-up videos, she says maintenance crew even threw glass objects off the balcony at a spot where people walk their dogs and children come to play.

Some commenters were overwhelmed by the callousness of throwing a resident’s personal belongings out the window, particularly the children’s items featured in the video.

“The fact that there is children’s stuff in this pile breaks my heart,” wrote one commenter.

Others were sure they were observing something illegal and referred to different tenant rights relevant to their own locales.

“As a former property manager you shouldn’t throw anything off the balcony,” wrote one commenter. “Depending on the federal state, the resident has a certain amount of time.”

“The only way a landlord should be able to physically remove belongings is if it’s a dumpster and it’s abandoned,” wrote another commenter. “Or when a complaint is made and the police are supposed to be present as a witness. Otherwise it’s bloody illegal, at least in Texas, I don’t know where you are.

“In my state, a landlord cannot destroy rented property,” wrote one commenter. “You must keep it until the ex-tenant claims it or gives it up.”

The Daily Dot reached out to @softscorpio via Instagram direct message regarding the videos.


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*Initial publication: June 10, 2022 at 8:10 am CDT

Brooke Sjoberg

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