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. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    The first step should have been for them to put a note on your bike. So yes, I'd challenge them.
  3. 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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  4. Gary E

    Gary E Perfection on wheels

    On a more serious note, I agree with Mister Paul. 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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  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming

    Harsh but fair Gary.
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  6. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    What does your lease say? Are there any signs indicating that bike should not be secured to things in any particular areas? Why can't you keep it somewhere else? You've not really provided enough information to get solid advice.

    The fact that you believe your bike was tucked away and not obstructing anyone doesn't mean that others felt that way.
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  7. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    Does he mean the tree was private property, for example belonging to one resident, or that the tree was on private property - the apartment grounds. If the former I can understand the restriction on parking there, but otherwise it should be covered in the tenancy rules of the apartment. Ask the manager for a copy of the rules.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Central Trumpland
    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    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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  14. 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
  15. Cycling diplomacy. I like your style.
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