Folks never know what lies in store while scrolling through social media.
But one trending couple isn’t going viral for their buzzy baubles or their grasp on haute lingo. Instead, they’ve scored upwards of 12.5 million views on TikTok clips dedicated to the highs and lows of living in a storage unit.
“I live in storage unit because it’s cheap in comparison to an apartment,” explained content creator Leland Brown Jr., from Hatfield, Penn., in a video confessional.
“Living here is actually really comfortable,” explained the would-be life hacker. “I get a lot of things that I need and want to get done here.”
Per the eye-popping post, Brown, a father and hotel food service worker, offered cyber spectators a glimpse at the perks of not-so-secretly crashing in a storage facility — small rental spaces for housing excess furniture, goods, merchandise and materials.
“I can exercise, I can use the bathroom, I can play music anywhere in the unit,” he bragged while demonstrating each activity for virtual audiences. “It’s climate controlled in here, so it’s nice and warm.”
“This unit is 24 hours,” Brown continued. “So, I can come here anytime I want, stay here as long as I need to…we can take naps if we need to.”
Brown, who shares the close quarters with his unnamed girlfriend, then gave watchers a tour of their pad, which came complete with a day bed, loveseat, wardrobe and bookshelf.
The lovebirds’ little nest was nestled behind a wall of packing boxes meant to hide their DIY-digs from the prying eyes of passersby — because, well, living in a storage unit is actually illegal.
Setting up camp inside of a facility is prohibited by various local and federal housing laws, according to LifeStorage, a New York-base self-storage imprint.
“Storage facilities must evict any person they find living on the premises in order to comply with the law and most insurance policies,” penned the brand’s site.
And despite the astronomically high cost of living due to inflation — which has seen 1-in-3 NYC residents spend half their income on rent — as well as the recent 98% surge in workplace layoffs throughout the US, bunking up in a storage facility is a no-go.
“No matter what you’re currently experiencing,” wrote LifeStorage, “you should not attempt to turn your storage unit into a makeshift home.”
Shortly after creating social media hubbub with their make-do living arrangements, Brown and his sweetheart were ousted from their unit. (It’s unclear which self-storage company they’d been renting from prior to the eviction).
The twosome did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for a comment.
However, Brown announced their expulsion in a TikTok clip for more than 1.9 million viewers. He and his partner temporarily transitioned into a tent in the woods. But the flimsy shelter was ultimately damaged by heavy snowfall.
Brown shared that an identified benefactor offered to replace their tent and pay for them to lodge at a local Holiday Inn hotel, indefinitely.
The couple has also launched a GoFundMe page seeking $10,000 in charitable donations.
“This fund will be instrumental in securing a car and a roof over our heads before the next relocation, ensuring a safe and stable environment for my son to grow and thrive,” wrote Brown, noting that his seven-year-old child lives with its mother.
“Your support, no matter the amount, means everything to us. It’s not just financial help,” he said.
“It’s a lifeline that will aid us in overcoming the challenges of homelessness and creating a better life for our little family.“