In a city where the only way to afford a down payment on a 400 square foot condo is to sell a vital organ, it’s no surprise that the vast majority of people choose to rent instead of buy. However, the dilapidated units that pass for rentals in Toronto these days seem to be getting worse by the hour, and this tenant may well have the most uninhabitable in the whole city.
TikTok user Russel Westlake posted a tour of the apartment titled “Things in my downtown Toronto apartment that make sense,” showing the incredible efforts the landlord has obviously gone to to make tenants as miserable as possible.
The video begins with a shot of the front door of the house, which is actually in an alleyway, and then two extremely narrow flights of stairs leading up to the unit.
“This is my whole apartment, there is no living room, it’s just two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small kitchen full of appliances straight out of the Stone Age”, explains the TikToker .
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@russelwestlakeI call him home. #just makes sense #toronto #torontorealestate #homegoals #hometour #torontoapartment #fyp シoriginal sound – Russel W.
Westlake goes on to point out the single-function stove burner, the oven door scratching against the wall, and the “mysterious brown liquid” always leaking from the refrigerator. The bedroom has a crooked window, crooked wall and no closet, but the waterfront view is a little extra.
Hot water is only accessible through the tub, and even then, “it only lasts about 20 minutes,” according to Westlake. The apartment is equipped with ant traps, an electrical panel “that sometimes sparks” and Christmas lights that work as an extension cord when the outlets stop working.
Finally, the clip shows a fallen tree that has destroyed the power lines and is blocking the only entrance and exit to the apartment.
It wouldn’t be the first time a Toronto resident has exhibited their living conditions on TikTok. Someone recently shared a series of videos chronicling the endless chaos in Toronto’s ICE condos.
If that’s what it takes to get by in Toronto on a budget, we don’t give a damn.