Bike was remove after i locked it to tree on my apartment site..advise

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by sinead.boland, 12 Oct 2017.

  1. sinead.boland

    sinead.boland New Member


    I have recently locked my bike to a tree at my apartment complex. It was not obstructing any cars/pedestrians. It was neatly tucked away. I came home yesterday to fine out it had been stolen. I put a notice up in my apartment block asking resident if they saw anything suspicious. That evening I received a call from the building manager who advised that he has instructed the contractor to remove my bike following x4 complaints from residents.

    I got my bike back this am with a broken lock. I asked if this can be replaced as there are no signs informing me that ‘no bike to be locked to tree’. Manager reported that bike was not to be locked to the tree as it was private property. Is there any point in appealing this – it has just really frustrated me that they were allowed to break my lock and remove my bike without any advance warning.

    Shall I just leave it or am I in my right to request my lock is replaced?
  2. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    If they touched my bike I'd kill them and all their living relatives, but that might just be me! ;)
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  3. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    On a more serious note, I agree with User. You should have at least been issued a warning and given the opportunity to remove the bike without them resorting to destroying the lock.

    I wonder, from a legal standpoint, what authority they had? Private property or not, I'm not convinced that that gives them the right to use such agressive tactics. Others on the forum are a lot more knowledgeable on the legal ramifications and I'm sure they'll be along soon enough.

    On a side note - not very friendly your neighbours are they?
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  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti

    Harsh but fair Gary.
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  5. AndyRM

    AndyRM Guru

    Whitley Bay
    If there's nothing telling you not to lock your bike to the tree, then I'd be questioning it too.
  6. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Near Newmarket
    It always amazes me how people will whinge about 1 bike and yet completely ignore no end of fugly cars normally badly parked, taking up so much space and generally getting in the way.
    But yes, if there was no warning notice, I'd certainly have a strong word /appeal.
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  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    In the middle
    Unless it's written into your contact/tenancy which you have signed and consented to, then they have committed criminal damage and the matter should be reported to the police as such.

    That's what I like to see, a gentle, diplomatic approach.
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  8. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    Well I'm a reasonable man, I prefer a proportional response to start with until I get really serious :smile:
    I'm nothing if not fair. I like to start off easy before I bring out the heavy artillery ;)
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  9. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    ...and that's only if it was my good road bike. If it was my winter bike or my Hybrid I'd probably let them of with a gentle maiming!
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  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Agree with Drago, check you’re tennany agreement. All the same seems a very heavy handed attitude, why couldn’t they just politely asked you to move it. What is wrong with some people.
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  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Small claims court to recoup losses might be an option if they are in breach of tenancy/lease agreement

    All assuming you're in the UK of course
  12. Cycling diplomacy. I like your style.
  13. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I agree with @Drago. Sounds like pretty straightforward criminal damage if there's no warning in the lease. Arguably locking your bike to a tree was criminal damage too, but around here most flats would be in breach of planning permission conditions if they had no cycle parking.

    I think I'd put up a follow-up notice saying how upset you are that complaints from neighbours led to your vehicle's lock being cut open by the building manager and ask them to think how they'd feel if the same happened to their vehicle.
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  14. First question would be "What country are you in?" because this suggests US to me.
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  15. Drago

    Drago Guru

    In the middle
    If they don't like how a car is parked will they put a brick through the window and move it? I think not
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