Speaking to the New York Post, TikTok influencer Kelsey Kotzur said she was trying to get approved for an apartment but it's "nearly impossible because no one really understands my income and what I do."
Kotzur, 29, has been pursuing influencing in New York for seven years and recently became a full-time influencer.
But this past year, Kotzur was forced to move back home after her landlord increased her rent.
Despite making $250,000 this year, Kotzur said landlords often pursue alternate tenants because they do not understand her career.
Other influencers and creatives have faced similar problems.
Influencer Marissa Meizz, 25, said she too struggled to rent an apartment in New York City because landlords did not believe in her career, despite making an estimated $100,000 this year.
“It was just so hard to get someone to trust me,” Meizz told The Post.
Meizz says she "begged" her landlord to give her the apartment.
"I wrote a cover letter, I gave every single invoice that I made in the last year, I gave them proof of my income and everything and they still said that I didn’t make enough and that I still didn’t have enough proof so they wanted a guarantor," she added.
Freelance-based workers often face this problem when trying to obtain an apartment, especially in New York.
Meizz and Kotzur said not having access to New York City could harm their content creation careers immensely, putting even more stress on obtaining an apartment.
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