“If you’re going to live in a storage unit, you’re going to need to be invisible as you can possibly be,” the man in the video tells us. And he would know. According to a spokesman for the company, U-Haul kicked the YouTuber known as o07craft out of his home before his how to live in a storage locker video went viral this week.
On Thursday, 007craft posted a video to YouTube that gave viewers a walk-through of an apartment he’d built in a ten-foot by ten-foot by six-foot storage unit. He said that he had lived there for two months and payed only $200 a month (about £165) in rent. The video went viral and currently has about three quarters of a million views. The thrifty anonymous lifehacker even gave a Reddit AMA yesterday to explain all the nuts and bolts of getting away with this scheme. He said, “I had 24-hour access, I was allowed to be there at anytime for as long as I wanted. The only rule I broke was ‘sleeping’ there.”
U-Haul’s Jeff Lockridge told CBC News, “Though the video insinuates he got away with doing this, this individual was caught and immediately evicted from the facility in November, two months before the video was posted.”
It’s unsurprising that U-Haul would want to get the word out that this man was kicked out, after all he’s literally promoting a tutorial for others to violate the company’s policies.
“Local management didn’t seek police involvement and was simply more interested in having the individual out and the illegal behaviour ceased,” Lockridge told CBC.
While 007craft does “insinuate” that he got away with his cheap living situation, at the end of the video he also says that he has moved into an apartment now.
Gizmodo contacted the YouTuber for comment. We’ll update this post when we receive a reply. [CBC News]